National Poetry Month: PLASTICIZER 3 (LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER) (from Beijing Plasticizer) by Joyelle McSweeney
Plasticizer 3 (Land Rover Range Rover) (from Beijing Plasticizer)
by Joyelle McSweeney
For trampling the thicket of thick
chiclets clotted cream a dulcet emulsifier
a tranquilizer moon the Emperor Penguin
is dithering over which shoe to spoon
place a goat outside the ladies’ quarters with a dish of salt to snuff
poor goat. Dies of salt poisoning. Causing the Emperor
to reel as in a little boat: choice has failed him
and so has chance. Celestial Emperor
Cellular winks sadly to Captive Emperor Penguin from his
Tower while the traffic wrinkles lasciviously and squirms.
Between the second and third rings of Saturn you will find
National Rent-a-Car, where you may use your plastic
to rent on credit.
This poem is from issue 38.1. You may purchase a copy here.