ADEQUATED (1)

By: Franklin Bruno
June 16, 2017

HILOBROW is pleased to present a series of 27 nine-line poems by our friend and contributor Franklin Bruno. Some have previously appeared, in print or online, in A Perimeter, Brooklyn Rail, Critical Quarterly, and The West Wind Review. This is their first complete publication.

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MY GHOSTS IN THE LIFE OF BUSH

I hate it when it gets all languaged
around like this. Passports, named for what
they allow. Three twilights: nautical,
civil, astronomical. We deemed
the mind a substance, then a process,
finally an economy. Is
that a force multiplier in your
pocket thesaurus or are you just
felicitated to descry me?

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IN THE MATTER OF ZOMBIE V. ZOMBIE

But is it really fair to bring more
money into this world? Work-shirted
poli-sci prof hosts three-hour bluegrass
podcast. Need one love the law to hate
the crime? Demimondaine. Slow torture,
best practice. Roomfuls of boomers watch
the inaugural in hell. A weave
of wants, alike as Peeps. Or holding
the rail on the way to the scaffold.

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DILUTING WETTABLE POWDERS

The utterance changes the context
in which it occurs. Jimmy told me
that ‘flicks’ means movies. What comes
      between
the poem and the title of the poem
is not exactly space. When the flow
of concrete stops, the final form of
the work is fixed, but when you shit on
the floor, it will get on your feet. Rose
then fell. World is not a word I trust.

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CURATED SERIES at HILOBROW: NEVER BEGIN TO SING by Damon Krukowski | WTC WTF by Douglas Wolk | COOLING OFF THE COMMOTION by Chenjerai Kumanyika | THAT’S GREAT MARVEL by Douglas Wolk | LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE by Chris Spurgeon | IMAGINARY FRIENDS by Alexandra Molotkow | UNFLOWN by Jacob Covey | ADEQUATED by Franklin Bruno | QUALITY JOE by Joe Alterio | CHICKEN LIT by Lisa Jane Persky | PINAKOTHEK by Luc Sante | ALL MY STARS by Joanne McNeil | BIGFOOT ISLAND by Michael Lewy | NOT OF THIS EARTH by Michael Lewy | ANIMAL MAGNETISM by Colin Dickey | KEEPERS by Steph Burt | AMERICA OBSCURA by Andrew Hultkrans | HEATHCLIFF, FOR WHY? by Brandi Brown | DAILY DRUMPF by Rick Pinchera | BEDROOM AIRPORT by “Parson Edwards” | INTO THE VOID by Charlie Jane Anders | WE REABSORB & ENLIVEN by Matthew Battles | BRAINIAC by Joshua Glenn | COMICALLY VINTAGE by Comically Vintage | BLDGBLOG by Geoff Manaugh | WINDS OF MAGIC by James Parker | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA by Lynn Peril | ROBOTS + MONSTERS by Joe Alterio | MONSTOBER by Rick Pinchera | POP WITH A SHOTGUN by Devin McKinney | FEEDBACK by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FTW by John Hilgart | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | FANCHILD by Adam McGovern | BOOKFUTURISM by James Bridle | NOMADBROW by Erik Davis | SCREEN TIME by Jacob Mikanowski | FALSE MACHINE by Patrick Stuart | 12 DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE by Significant Objects | 12 MORE DAYS OF SIGNIFICANCE by Significant Objects | UNBORED MANIFESTO by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen | H IS FOR HOBO by Joshua Glenn | 4CP FRIDAY by guest curators

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