By Adrian Matejka

  • Selected for the 2008 nationwide Poetry sequence by way of Kevin Young
  • Finalist for the 2010 NAACP picture Award for striking Literature -- Poetry

The poems in Adrian Matejka's moment assortment, Mixology, shapeshift during the myriad meanings of "mixing" to discover and explode rules of race, epidermis politics, appropriation, and cultural id. even if the point of interest of the person poems is musical, electronic, or historic, the otherness implicit in being of a couple of racial history publications Matejka's paintings to the inevitable end that every one things-no subject how disparate-are components of the whole.

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This buzzard had its online game jointly. It unfold its wings like a advertising, depressing feathers bustling a dirt cloud. Its yawning beak, chipped and asymmetric from slicing useless issues. yet it’s no longer that lower and dried. The useless comprehend their buzzards, comprehend this hustler used to be extra in his personal construct than raccoon is still. It used to be a priest prior to the providing: flapping a cloud of gravel and twigs, bold me to return ahead and face proof. Scavenger, what do you do, assembly anything that prefers you lifeless? What do you assert to the poultry that would be there in any case, thieves or no? eco-friendly denims come from soil aid, lengthy horns formed from index and pinkie extensions. garden gnomes who love not anything greater than the clap of a starter’s pistol among furrows. In Texas, cornrows are landscaping. Or is scarecrow, crouched in crasher’s place? It’s just like the guy says, in Texas brothers don’t ask—they simply run. clever Estevancio sidestepped this dust patch like crocodile heads in Pitfall. there's a plastic spoon urgent down this state’s tongue that makes dat from acrobatic. the particular spelling is someplace among El Paso and the 1st city in Oklahoma. among Cormac McCarthy and Wooderson repping three-fingeredly whereas Beck does the new puppy dance in seersucker: Going again to Houston to get me a few pants. FLIGHT REFLEX It has to be iciness during this a part of Texas as the grackles are posse-d up. They toupee rooftops and wires. They decoration timber and anything with room and resilience for beak and claw. something that doesn’t circulation a lot. And regularly, that rattling epistle of chalk and fingernail. And consistently, grackles characterize the necessity for harmony in Texas, no matter if chicken, black, or either. It needs to be iciness since it appears like spring and the man-sized insects have cut up for at any place insects cross a result of grackles. Like city flight, basically no longer, and the bushes clearly crooked for striking hold a little bit decrease, their leaves chilling within the surplus cusp of iciness. Wheels of metal WHEELS OF metal I acquired me songs rather than eyes—all swollen and blacked out just like the day after a misplaced struggle. jigsaws spinning, humming the backdrop for woodshop or emcee, bar mitzvah or afterset. It’s DJ Run, DMC rocking with no band, yet no longer with out me. I make it rain. I make it rain on those shined up rims nonetheless spinning after the auto stops. Dubs type of grind like me of their perpetuity. I’m the Wizard of ounces if ounces used to be a barbeque in July. name me grasp of the Cracked hands. One tune spins ahead, the opposite again to copy itself: on a daily basis I’m hustlin’. on a daily basis I’m hustlin’. child, I’m the layaway cost on a Ferris wheel. My songs orbit parking plenty and hire events just like the loopy lady’s eyes whilst she unearths out her lover guy already left . . . It’s all due to you, I’m feeling unhappy and blue. one in all my songs spins backward, whereas the opposite performs ahead like sugar blending in to make the grape. My joints are the pinwheels during this parade of moonwalks and uprocks : See, i admire to get down, Jack.

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