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E. J. McAdams

E.J. McAdams is a poet and artist, exploring language and mark-making in the urban environment using procedures and improvisation with found and natural materials. He has published four chapbooks: '4x4' from unarmed journal press, 'TRANSECTs' from Sona Books, ‘Out of Paradise,’ an e-chapbook from Delete Press, ‘Close-range Divinities’ from Shirt Pocket Press, and most recently, 'Middle Voice’ from Dusie Kollectiv. UDP published his 4x4 – “BOOM/BOOM/BOOM/BOOM” – in its Poste series. He had a solo exhibition, an installation called Trees Are Alphabets, at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, and a mail-art piece in a group show at Phoenix Art Museum. His poems have been published in The Paris Review, EOAGH, eccolinguistics, About Place Journal, unarmed journal, and others. Recently, a selection of poems were collected in the anthology Poetics for the More-than-Human World at Dispatches from the Poetry Wars. He was chosen by Laura Mullen and Angela Hume for 'Heir Apparent' in The Volta's Trash Issue which featured a visual TRANSECT. Another visual poetry project, ‘Wayfaring,’ was covered by author Robert Sullivan on A Public Space's blog. He curated the Social-Environmental-Aesthetics reading at EXIT ART from 2009-2012 and was a founding board member of the interdisciplinary Laboratory of Art Nature and Dance (iLAND).

An Action to End Gun Violence



lips on loaded

AR muzzle


blow as if

kudu shofar:


peace

registers


its blow-

less blow!

THE REMAINDER




1.

garbled through bathroom vents



2.

if she wants to bounce she can bounce



3.

engine sounds remind me I’m not one



4.

somehow don’t let that fact get in the way



5.

downed telephone pole as good a roost as any/great blue heron



6. DARWIN:

the birds idly singing mostly live on insects & seeds & thus are constantly destroying life



7.

little material crosses self-contained diffuse Gaia border except (alleluia!!!) space dust



8. MINETTA LANE

cement meanders where stream once was



9.

son’s rainbow starship arcing toward a sun



10.

almost but not quite yet open




11.

sundog



12.

whatever we do/don’t do neutral sky there (always) out window



13.

yellow daffodils in ice


14.

with cold sleeping sparrows in the only



15.

sun//beams/gleam



16.

say what you want bad about pigeons but they can fly



17.

love has no nor never respects bounds



18.

faux corporate waterfalls



19.

sparrows so familiar in their crummy hunger, alien in all else



20.

potted evergreens as security bollards



21.

chasing each other’s other





22. HERO TIME

beginning middle end (repeat)



23.

keep us animal enough to survive



24. RIDDLE:

what’s this that is always thus and now no more than the least among all leastmost things



25.

bills pile up like snow



26.

crow missing one primary one tail feather limping into low cloud cover



27.

black lonely mountain or black misty island



28.

snow’s general Ireland over everything



29.

waiting for the poem to come I find it finally here



30. FIRST GET RID OF THE WORLD OF CERTAINTY




31.

desire lines



32. TAISHIN, THE MONK DAITEN:

In the spring of 1767, Jakuchu and I journeyed to Osaka in a boat. We did not care…




33.

infinite possibilities within the finite



34.

some days it is mystery alone gets me through



35. VALENTINE’S DAY

what have I done for love lately except use it in a sentence



36.

other days it’s mystery too