Museum of Vandals by Amish Trivedi

The walls are steel. Cold I mean. I went out to my mailbox at dawn, when the light is blue and the air cracks in your teeth and everything makes you think of bones, or bones failing, or the inevitability of bones failing. Dog turds in the snow and a tree branch on my roof like a severed arm. There was a chapbook in my mailbox. WTF? WTF makes a curly-Q, a question mark of exhalation in the air, if you were wondering. Every word in the world condensates in its own fashion, that’s just physics. Some asshole was cranking on a snow-blower at six in the morning. My head felt like a box of stuck-together photographs because I drank beer while watching the Superbowl. I went 42 inch 1080 HD last week, but that’s a different post. So. When did I order this chapbook? Sometimes I order books late at night when all the walls are bleeding and lonely and orange and this is what happens.

It was Museum of Vandals by Amish Trivedi. A thing folded in a thing, and this green paper clip. It was a spring-fastened binder clip, not the usual steel loop. Green is my favorite color.

I read the chapbook two times.

Kinetic pop slither pop movement. Somebody chooses the right word. Joins another right word. It’s like pretending to sleep, or getting ready to kick some ass. I mean crouched. Say, tar, snakes, noisemakers. For example.

I have

an imagination

of tar: something is alive

under here. Snakes are

jumping through screams

and the trees. We saw

cranes of noisemakers

and long division streets. Teal

is a legitimate surface, an

operation by which

to read. This is a design of comprehensive

time–a vigil of something traumatic.

Poetry to capture all that is falling away. Role of. Poetry to freeze-frame the jagged thinking. A mind as stained as a skillet. Gleaming with word-grease. What do I think? Show you:

So much soy lining. A parrot screams, laughing

at the

gas masks or wolves. I

laughed (just a


I read. A pain rolled from my head to my spinal cavity to the backs of my knees. I think poetry cuts to the stumble. I think poetry walks the strut. I think this poetry of Amish Trivedi is like a moon framed tightly in the window. The window has a crack through the moon. You are seeing a rupture here (touch it) and on the moon, There. It is very tight and strange and makes your hollow chest feel hollow. How so?

Something is ordinary and very wrong. Something is religious and obscene. Image as a type of gun. You fire the thing. We are all celebrities now. And sad and fucked up, like celebrities. Even a feather can kill someone, easy. Silence will not save you. Fingers, fingers, fingers–what to do with them now?


the rain? I was the

one that buried

it in a wall.

Wow. Word. And I mean word. Rain in the wall.

That is all you need to know.

9 responses to “Museum of Vandals by Amish Trivedi

  1. the way U Do
    poetry is cool,
    I mean it,
    loved the beautiful poem above…

  2. really great stuff. wish more poetry did this.

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  4. this poetry is shit, offensively bad, almost to the point of bloodlusting anger, i think the rage is coming because there actually is someone who has a stick far enough up his ass to actually say it any good, rain in the wall? are you suffering from brain damage… this is so, so god damn sad

  5. If it gave you “bloodlusting anger” it can’t be bad poetry, sorry.

  6. About
    Darth Vader’s original

    wimpy voice? The rage is coming
    post-production up his ass.

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  8. The little people who live in the walls don’t like it when they have to come out and tell you it doesn’t rain in the walls even though it does rain in the walls.

  9. ah, this post (and the comments) made me giggle almost as much as Scott’s Video Games and Concrete Lawn Ornaments does every time I pass it on Hwy 67 there in Daleville . . . ya’ think Scott sells those funky Buddha statues like the one buried up to its mind’s eye in the snow in your photo? My front lawn is crying for one . . .

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