the muse apprentice guild
--expanding the canon into the 21st century




TWO WORKS
BY ANDREW PENLAND

wrapped in a cocoon
of tinkertoys, a mad
scientist's city with bubblegum
bones: kinetic money glitters, tattooed on
a fiberoptic squid's eyelids,
and on the lips
of an astronaut/prostitute.

she rewrites the rules of her
philosophy in a birthday cake
FedExed to an interrogation room
programmed to explode
in a policeman's mouth

&
musick
started to disapp(ear)
into the wings
of a fugitive moth
(the reincarnated
spirit of jesse james
back at home) on the last
 train
out of here.

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So what's real?
The crazed TV rejected its networks,
created its own body,
stoned on ice cream and hip-hop. It heard numbers
in the graphics. Not mentally ill, just better
educated and better off.
Believe the opposite and you can't be reasoned away;
the payola of digital thieves and guerilla executives.
Bugs. Tune the drums. Tweak the microphones.
Hyper-evolve, instead of simply reacting
The crazed TV rejected its networks,
created its own body.
Flick the switch.