Quick Learn


At dinner last night with a brilliant poet, we shuffled through the encyclopedia of poets between us. I noted the brilliance of Anne Boyer; she noted the recent “Good Apocalypse”; I revisited today. Yes, for you, two below from Anne Boyer’s “Good Apocalypse” and vital parting advice: if you don’t know, you don’t know. So go. Yo.




I was attacking Culture.
I have seen her and she is so big and so beautiful.

Pulling a thirty-six-inch strip out of Language
and eating it,
she has given me an opportunity

to pattern gothic specialties, small farmers, and starfish
out of the reddish-brown essence that implies a native land.

Outlines of legacy are a minimal-production glass creature.
I worry it’s too much like voice and structure.

What’s better is when we can eat our fermented hurt

and someone gives a seminar on Kathy Acker’s
regional, agricultural, and mining sectors.

I am not free to be mad.

When I smell Archer Daniels Midland
it is as if an oligarchy has dived into the wreck.

Yes, I love Literature
but what I love about it is
the reproductive organs of Capital.



Bunnies occupy the same
semantic field as question-begging.


Ours is no vigorous religion–
packages from Acme piled up under the stairs.

The problem of distribution:
How do you want to die?

Not in the course of self-examination,
but in the loop

of the public discourse:

shaking the razor,
shaking the shipping container:

serving the cause
of the common error.

Anne Boyer’s Good Apocalypse


9 Responses to “Quick Learn”

  1. Sam Rasnake Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 2:11 pm eThanks for posting Boyers’ poems, Amy. Great works.If you want to shift lines to the right – use as many of the following code as you need:
  2. Dan Coffey Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 2:38 pm eWere you dining alone again?
  3. Amy King Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 3:05 pm eOnce when I was dining with myself, I called her “she” and “she” consumed me. I’m whole again.Nope, Dan — a West Coaster.

    Thanks, I’m going to try to use your code, and I will call it SRML.

  4. Jim K. Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 3:10 pm eInteresting edge.“I am not free to be mad.”
  5. Jim K. Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 3:12 pm eHey, most of my comments didn’t make it through -(
  6. Amy King Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 3:13 pm eJim, I see two – sorry if more didn’t make it! I don’t know what’s happening — maybe you posted them while I was editing the post and that affected your attempts?Sam, the SRML worked! Thanks~
  7. Jim K. Says:
    June 5th, 2007 at 5:00 pm eIt was the tail of the second comment that got lopped off.
    I cut/pasted a quote
    (about the reproductive organs of capital).
    Some characters may have whacked my antiquated workplace browser.
    Anyway, I thought the last strophe of I Love Literature
    could be read at least 4 different ways…and they were all cool.
  8. Marco Says:
    June 9th, 2007 at 9:19 pm eAB’s Good Apocalypse is one of my favourite books. she’s great, I agree-
  9. Kate Evans Says:
    June 11th, 2007 at 1:54 am eWow, great stuff–such surprising use of language.

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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

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