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National Poetry Month 17

  1. 1. The National Interest  Ted Mathys From now on, you write about me. 17April 09
  2. 2. The National Interest  We are interested in long criminal histories because we've never bedded down in a cellblock. With the sibilance of wind through the swaying spires of skyscrapers as my witness. When I say cover your grenades I mean it's going to rain I mean there is mischief in every filibuster of sun. We are interested in rigorously arranging emotions by color as we've never been fully divested of blues. With drinking till my fingernails hurt as my witness, with hurt as my witness. When I say be demanding I mean be fully individual while dissolving in the crowd. Continued……
  3. 3. The National Interest  We are interested in characters who murder because we've never committed it or to it. With an origami frog in a vellum crown spinning on a fishing line from the ceiling as my witness. When I say please kneel with me I mean between every shadow and sad lack falls a word. We are interested in ceaselessly setting floor joists because we've never pulled a pole barn spike from a foot. With bowing to soap your ankles in the shower as my witness, lather as my witness. When I say did you see the freckle in her iris I mean the poem must reclaim the nature of surveillance. Continued……
  4. 4. The National Interest  We are interested in possessing others who possess that which we possess but fear losing in the future. With a fork as my witness. A dollop of ketchup, hash brown, motion, with teeth as my witness. When I say you I don't mean me I don't mean an exact you I mean a composite you I mean God. We are interested in God because we can't possess God, because we can't possess you. With a scrum of meatheads in IZOD ogling iPods as my witness, technological progress as my witness. When I say no such thing as progress in art I mean quot;These fragments I have shored against my ruinsquot; Continued……
  5. 5. The National Interest  We are interested in ambivalence as ribcages resist being down when down, up when up. With the swell of the argument and the moment before forgiveness as my witness. When I say power is exclusion I mean a box of rocks we don't desire to deduce I mean knowing is never enough. Continued……
  6. 6. Ted Mathys Ted Mathys is the author of The Spoils (Coffee House Press, 2009) and Forge (Coffee House Press, 2005). Originally from Ohio, he lives in Boston.
  7. 7. National Poetry Month National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media — to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern.
  8. 8. THANK YOU Presentation by Neelima