On Invective or Throwing Shade by Julian Talamantez Brolaski

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we will be featuring a poem a day from our collection of City Lights Publications.


Not from the haters do your fellows lurch
Mooning across plateaus of purloined pitch
Once gianted by midnight on its perch
Now preening their tailcoats, milked, breederish
Like fishmongrelled Mary, honing downward
On salty cads who salt for forlorn take.
Go spend the ire you think your posy’s conquered!
Heart-dotters, webloggers, slammers—eat cake!
And if you can, come suck my goodly cock.
Poets, poetasters, you can’t freak to Frank
Can’t choliambic with that limping walk
No ass without the hassle’s shooting blanks,
_But severally swinging what disgust—
_You fix your sentiments on myth or bust.


California-born, Brooklyn-based poet Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011) and an editor at the journal Aufgabe and at Litmus Press. Julian has studied with Nathaniel Mackey, Elizabeth Willis, Lyn Hejinian, and Robert Hass, received an MFA from Mills College, and is a Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley. Xir dissertation is on rhyme and xe currently teaches writing at the New School. Xe also curates vaudeville shows and is the lead singer and rhythm guitar player in the country band Juan & the Pines. New work can be found on Julian’s blog hermofwarsaw. “On Invective or Throwing Shade” is printed in xir newest book Advice for Lovers published by City Lights this month.

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