Travis Macdonald

To When Ever They Don’t

by Paul Killebrew*

Everything the soul throws is wholly
inside the horrible shoebox of a skull, but still

I forget: How a desire waits between me
and anyone else, twists its little invisible

things into the resonating edges … How to
get the girl to “I do” into a family … How all true
going is taking … And then the weather

hangs triumphant from the hospital moon a while,
the stiff yogurt clouds strung there, they drift
into a line to ring the rising points the sun
expresses through others. I feel better

about the breeze, feel better than the person
I have lived as for someone else. But just today

I’d like to be the room
my things know. To live off
the temples of work, scoring matter
on the problem itself. To be
“Like, anyway…”

 

* from Flowers, “Invisible Scoring” 

 

This Fall

by Mark Lamoureux*

When them thick clay limbs
clamor, grove of sticks

on the ground, the irrefutable
ghosts come contained

with this sack of visages & scarves. We bury
the blood each day & say

“This justice drinks.” The sea
is prodded with a portentous swirl.

A warm torrent still sings
the gourds up from the ground.

The arid bones throw them
unwanted tontine shadows. Around

the hill, we repel a fragrant air
with the herbs & the potions of this

dip, the bowl wherein
the stars are many & swerve

as one.
As is.

 

* from Spectre, “Tontine”

A Note on the Process

Despite the potentially deceptive titles, these poems are solely the “original” work of the poet Travis Macdonald. They were composed by rearranging the words of others into an entirely new order and form. The poems from which they are adapted, and the books where those poems can be found, are footnoted beneath each poem.

Travis Macdonald is the author of two full-length books of procedural poetry – The O Mission Repo [vol.1], an erasure of The 9/11 Commission Report, and Nostradamus, an N+7 treatment of Nostradamus’ quatrains. In his spare time, he co-edits Fact-Simile Editions with his wife (and past Posit contributor) JenMarie. In 2014, Travis was the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Literature. He is happy to be here with you.
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Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the editor of Posit (positjournal.com) and the author of eight books and chapbooks, including This Visit (Blazevox, 2015), How to be Another (Cervena Barva Press, 2014), and State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2014). Her ninth book, Heisenberg’s Salon, is available now for pre-order from Blazevox. Her poetry has appeared in such places as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, Gargoyle, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, So to Speak, Verse, and Verse Daily.