Six Poems
Kelly Schirmann



from POPULAR MUSIC


Modern human existence means
refining your shittiness
into a more marketable shittiness
There is no money in this
or any endeavor
True uselessness
is like eucalyptus
Pretty soon everyone
will know it’s invasive
 
/
 
Eating foods with interesting names
only changes the aesthetic
of your refrigerator
Anyway
The fish was a Chinook
Several internet articles will confirm
that these exist
 
/
 
Wanting to be of service
is also a kind of service
A hole in the ground
filled with Neil Young songs
Tiny yellow flowers
on the sloped lawns
of the mind
 
/
 
No one expects you
not to self-define
by negation
I literally went to her
in 2010, in the evening
I’m not going to tell you
what true money means
Gazing & gazing
at an enormous
& necessary machine
 
/
 
Missing the ghosts of yourself
Is missing the child
who still recognizes them
If you eat the seashell
& you are still hungry
Load a different language
into the same old gun
 
/
 
What pushes us upward toward the divine
is always at the mercy of the colony
6” Tropical Plant, $24.99
I cried all night
& I don’t feel like talking about it