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




TWO WORKS
BY DENNIS FORMENTO

ANTAGAGNOSIS

Fanon & Heraclitus agree, I
am stranger to my skin & everything
inside me

inside me
"the music is listening
sounding sounds of terrible silence"
silence like smell to the lazy nose
is invisible, shadow forms lean on the primitive
without any clue. Poems seem foreign
as this thing in my head

"the truth is for animals
        they can smell it"

you can excuse yourself
        that it
one of your excuses

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IS ANYBODY BORN KNOWING HOW TO LIVE

come to expect miracles
come to expect anything

the facts of history are clear
nobody wins without a fight

the anarchist sailors of the Mid Atlantic
escaped slaves, indentured Irish, nor god
nor master

        they met them both for
eighty more years of slavery
one hundred years of no suffrage
& now this
burning churches
& schools where children
have to sit on their bones