against chronology :: natasha sajé

without Agnus Dei
within air conditioning
via antigens
unlike Beethoven
until carbon dating
under a dynamo
toward the Eocene epoch
to the Flintstones
till the flood
through Freud
since the graviton
regarding gunpowder
per Gutenberg
past homophobia
outside internal combustion
on top of the Ku Klux Klan
onto the court of Louis XIV
on Medicare
off the middle class
next to the New Age
minus the old masters
like Marco Polo
into Qatar
instead of Roundup
in front of the silkworm
from the Song of Songs
for the Spanish Armada
except sulfides
during the titanium age
down with the Union Jack
by the Vikings
between da Vinci and the Young Pretender
below the Well of Loneliness
behind Westinghouse
atop womankind
at Woolworth’s
around the Wreck of the Deutschland
among xenophobes
along the Y chromosome
after Yankee Doodle
about the Zeitgeist
aboard the zephyr of time

the night begins with sugar :: natasha sajé

Salt Lake City

here in our state of yes and smug
crystalline over mountains and horizon melt
such pretty clouds such drifting light

who is it enough for what kind of person
lives in this sweetness this clear
beauty and does not utter a single oh or no

or even I my hand clapped over my mouth my tongue caught by
what’s left in the right hand the dominant and clenched
what’s right in the left hand easily tossed

catching instead malaise a coma of indifference
swirling in our stunning vestibule
mourning the self just getting by

in a theocracy of pretense and defense
here in my state of smog and so what