As you know by now, it’s National Poetry Month! Our friends at Poetry.org suggested “30 Ways to Celebrate“, and we’ve got our own way to honor the art, craft and joy of poetry. We call it 30 for 30 (Twitter hashtag #30for30), and over the course of the month, we’ll be posting one poem a day from community celebrities to poets with enduring legacies.

Today’s Poem of the Day comes from Omni Zona Franca, the featured poet for tonight’s Open Mic Poetry at 5th & K:

OMNI_ZONA

What am I doing, what are you doing, what are we doing here where there is nothing to do (walking with a teacher in the interference)
by Omni Zona Franca

To fight for insertion
To prepare the body for insertion
To fight for insertion
To prepare the body for insertion
To fight for insertion
To prepare the body for insertion

“It’s a shame things no longer happen in a way
that only the psychic entity and its state of
flesh and blood have to prepare
to enter the current. No. There are forces organized in matter and beyond that bind it!
the face
of the mechanism:
To fight for insertion
Prepare the body for insertion
To fight for insertion
Prepare the body for insertion
To fight for insertion
Prepare the body for insertion

“Over and over again an enormous illusion
organized and with many faces, slides
between you and your goal, between you and the
only path. The lines of development
point downward once more. The dialectical
as an emerging order has become an order of evil.
All this has been transmitted to your being.
You are an image-carrier marked by evil…!”
¿                            ?
Voice
¿              ?
Voice:
“¡¡Sing!!”
We must fight. We must fight. We must fight.
We must fight. We must fight. We must fight.
“The last face is convex
We must fight. We must fight. We must fight.
Very close to the center
two surfaces of insertion!
We must fight. We must fight. We must fight.
For what?!… We must fight. We must fight.
We must fight. We must fight. We must fight.
So these two surfaces cease to exist?!!”

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