Tuesday, January 31, 2006

TWO POEMS by Kirby Olson


Mussolini in polka-dotted undershorts
Sits near the cathedral of Milan.

The river stands next to the city.
The zebra stands next to the barn.

The wife next to the giraffe,
The peacock next to the glove,
The sewing machine next to the umbrella.


Us to invite your grandmother to come and join ours.
But last time your grandmother moon-walked into the house,
She was holding an olive in her naked ass sphincter
While chanting a Gregorian hymn to a 4/4 beat.
It is less than enchanting to think of your grandmother
Again joining in as our grandmother takes the Cadillac to play
checkers with the denizens of the Lutheran Home.
There are so many normal games they could play:
Parcheesi, Monopoly, even Twister would be fine.
But unless your grandmother is willing to play such games
& wear suitable attire
She is Unwelcome.

Kirby Olson is the chief spokesperson for the avant-garde literary group Lutheran Surrealism of which there are currently two members. He is the author of three theoretical studies - Andrei Codrescu (McFarland 2005), Gregory Corso (2002) and Comedy after Postmodernism (2001). He is also the author of a novel called Temping (2006) - a voyage into love and/in Finland.