ADEQUATED (4)

By: Franklin Bruno
June 19, 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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SENSORIUM AS APERTURE

percept is decision tree, window
treatments form street-level palindrome,
a scatter effect too hot to hack
away at, upward rush of tiling,
netting, gripped in light that chose today
to present as particle, angling
to be annealed to a baffled noon,
unwrapping its own frugal sandwich
under another’s observation

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THE ONE AND ONLY (DISAMBIGUATION PAGE)

Through video looping, precisely
timed, the explosion appears to feed
on itself. The part I love: “I hate
this part.” Do you wonder why Wonder
Woman doesn’t get dizzy? Or how
to come home from work when you work
      from
home, the somewhere the money has to
come from? Glass cake-dish, magnifying
a measly pile of wheat-free brownies.

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IT’S YOUR CATHEDRAL

Fighting hand to hand and house to house,
slicing stairwells, firing on forces
below. Linebreaks are checkpoints, our
      work
is our wealth, sheltering breast of
police at their best. Mouchette’s final
shot, a few feet of film run backwards
and forwards, a ripple endlessly
spreading, contracting. These barricades,
never intended as domiciles.

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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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