A downloadable chapbook

it's sri lanka's national day today, which means militarized parades and obscene triumphalism and really, too much endless fuckery to even cite here. I felt the need to write something to spit in it's eye, so I did.

this chapbook contains 13 poems written against national day, featuring war & war-machinery, nationalism & ideology, grief & mourning, many ghosts, sex, death, & monkeys. their titles are:

1. langurous
2. the sound of the ending, repeated
3. psychopomp and circumference
4. quartered
5. yellow like a king
6. spearheads into figleaves, 1972.
7. pour one out for
8. interval
9. eosphoros
10. that yellow light
11. uxore
12. roachkin
13. manifest

most of these were written/created specifically for #poetryjamF in the last few days, while listening to the planes rehearse overhead. a few are reworked versions of unpublished poems I already had with me.

I've written/published very little poetry relative to prose and this is my first attempt at any kind of collection, so I may have gone a little overboard with the design—it is a little manic/exuberant!—but I am very Enthusiastic about this poetry jam because for once poetry felt like it came naturally (perhaps because I could just forget about whether any of it was "publishable" or "sellable" or even comprehensible, tbqfh) and this chapbook was—perhaps enjoyable is not quite the right word because much of this is made entirely out of bile and spite and the long-simmering sick horror that is our national heritage—cathartic to write and make.

v.

colombo, sri lanka

february 4, 2020

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"ion unnatural" by Vajra Chandrasekera (twitter/website). I must admit I was already a fan of Vajra's work, particularly the short story "On The Origin of Specie" which I 100% recommend you read. It's motivated me to get into writing short stories myself. So I was very happy and surprised when I woke up to see this submission in my notifications, and when I read the summary I became aware of it's significance and importance as the work it is and what it is addressing. "It's Sri Lanka's national day today, which means militarized parades and obscene triumphalism and really, too much endless fuckery to even cite here. I felt the need to write something to spit in it's eye, so I did. This chapbook contains 13 poems written against national day, featuring war & war-machinery, nationalism & ideology, grief & mourning, many ghosts, sex, death, & monkeys." I deeply appreciate this submission and what it discusses. I love the design, I love the readability, I love the fonts, and more than anything with this submission alone I consider this jam a success. A writer I admire got a cathartic opportunity to write poetry as opposed to prose about something substantial. That's all I wanted. Please read this one, it represents what I hope the future of anti-industry poetry promotes and encourages.