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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



37. COLDEST DAY OF THE YEAR SAYS THE RADIO

feral cat crosses path lugs rabbit sack home



38.

empty/shell/echo



39. INTIMACY

can’t kiss my own mouth



40.

how many life points you got?



41.

deep inside my own heart I find the facts of daily life co-equal



42.

that last thought in the kingfisher’s bill



43. EJECT NO NAME




44.

ocean sand sky sand sky ocean sky ocean sand



45.

no word yet for this snow – but watch your step



46.

there’s one fuckingthing I want to know



47. BLACK CLOUD OR SILVER LINING

None smart enough to be pessimistic nor stupid enough to be optimistic..cloud..cloud..



48.

I can’t not look up



49.

raining rain rained



50.

endangered by estrangement



51.

crow wings crow bones crow cry with/against that’s how it was



52.

was day all day until it was night



53. PEOPLE

earthbound with a sweep toward the vertical



54.

wishing for the end of suffering is a kind of suffering…and yet



55.

Albany rain feels a whole lot colder



56.

always forgetting surprise



57.

buildings sundialing streetscape



58.

home/homeless/homelessness



59.

driving north through hardiness zones/spring in reverse/blossom furls to bud



60.

on the flowering dogwood a tag says “flowering dogwood”



61.

this & that this & that this & that I can’t wait for this & that this & that can wait



62.

yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow yellow



63. MIYAZAWA KENJI:

Unless the entire world/becomes/happy, there can be no happiness/for individuals.



64.

wind dies never ends



65.

no one seen. windows closed. out of nowhere kestrel dives out of sight.




66.

sparrows come to the old on benches



67.

never seen this yellow-blossomed tree before



68.

a longing gone awry long gone



69.

the dead don’t write poems/the undead do



70.

on Mt. Morris crevice in schist green with relentless weeds



71. PLEASE DO NOT THROW GARBAGE IN THE GARDEN THankYou!




72.

daughter draws red petals purple disks around family/rays sparking off



73.

who – why – would I ask for forgiveness – for what



74.

vanishing moon and ok with that



75.

earth knows me – you too



76.

saggy green grass stubble growing out sewer grate




77.

through fog/ferry over/words/still unextinct



78.

death is not the end/only the empirical fact/of the end



79.

eyes not enough anymore to see what’s real



80.

each birthday double birthday



81.

afterglow of bird song



82.

trees and stars and grass and sky and ah and ah and ah


From COVID is an atmosphere



Monday, June 1, 2020 NYC: 208,550; 21,607


hummingbird moth


in rhododendron


#blacklivesmatter


on and on and on



Tuesday, June 2, 2020 NYC: 209,195; 21,649 deaths


it’s a graveyard


luminously so


wasp in web silk


offer to with



Wednesday, June 3, 2020 NYC: 209,688; 21,688 deaths


history haunts


no real free for


until free from


police brutality



Thursday, June 4, 2020 NYC: 210,227; 21,779 deaths


at outer rings of


circle of violence


nessus sphinx


in pink blossom



Friday, June 5, 2020 NYC: 210,728; 21,782 deaths


urn of burn it


ever lit unknown


on line arm in arm


aflame in rage



Saturday, June 6, 2020 NYC: 211,274; 21,815


8 minutes


46 seconds


of silence


remembrance


Sunday, June 7, 2020 NYC: 211,728; 21,844 deaths


dung beetle pushing


upside down Sisyphus


ball of shit uphill


wobbling determination