[I am Instagramming my lies from a Gigantic Bloom]

excerpt from “I Believe in Blasphemy”

by Nicholas Karavatos

    I am Instagramming my lies                    from a Gigantic Bloom. 
    Hot sunny days must be nice to put my feet in Shotpouch Creek.
    Does the square root of a watermelon explain in Japanese everything 
                               I need to know about whatever is going on with me?
    								I have not had a subtle thought
    									since I was too young to
    										do anything about it 
    Medicated survivors of Katrina somnambulated New Orleans – 
                                  internal displace. 
    	Shot in the hand and knee at Columbine High School, the boy dies 
    	a man today, 20 years later: “I was medicated 
    	on a variety of substances that were intended to sedate and to relieve 
    The tour guide told me of his own space oddity by the tomb of Marie Laveau. 
    											   Jacob of Tepenecz 
    						was an original doctor feelgood on the European circuit. 
    The Voynich Manuscript is scribed in 
    Proto-Romance, an unwritten language thought lost 
    				to have died with its last speaker. Thoughts 
    			that have died.                     	Thoughts that die 
    with the last speaker.
       The mob is with me                    lost in the thought of death and The Cow.
    I am being mobbed by random thoughts. 
    		A mob hit by organ failure. Tandem 
    								dying breaths on 
    the fourth of July in 1826. “Thomas Jefferson survives” singing 
        since February in 2015 
    								as a supporting character in Hamilton by 
    														Lin-Manuel Miranda. 
Packingtown Review – Vol.15, Spring 2021

Nicholas Karavatos is an assistant professor of poetics at the Arab American University of Palestine-Jenin in the West Bank. He was a U.S. Ambassador’s Distinguished Scholar to Ethiopia in 2018 at Bahir Dar University, and from 2006 through 2017, an assistant professor of creative writing at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He is a graduate of Humboldt State University in Arcata and New College of California in San Francisco.

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