Exposition

i. Excerpt (artist’s statement)

 

as planned

when hand

cramped I

blew out

 

the pilot

used a window

anhedonic

in the after

 

noon slunk

the bodega

for more and

unreliable

 

matches

the new method

a small known

joy

 

ii. Where There's Smoke (arrangement of Homo, 20XX)

 

We're getting all Rauchenberged up in here

was the first part of this mashup

on a sentence that is dubiously related, cheap and another decade.

The movement ex post minima: meta vs. meta-er vs. metallier:

I have the feeling               a confabulation is all that is left.

I get to feeling                   of that body's decline.

 

iii. The Critical Economy (nude installation, 20XY)

 

mimicking the usual

crowd

 

juiced

 

on a lone canvas

chair thighs

 

splayed

 

had not touched

for months

 

a human

 

wept around

the hall hugging

 

the tiny fuchsia millstone

 

we came

for you they said

 

it's perfect

Benjamin Goodney's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2016Hotel AmerikaGuernica, and elsewhere. He co-founded the literary magazine Storm Cellar. He lives in St. Paul.