UPON Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, New Museum, New York, 2021. / DOUBLE SONNET after A.J., C.S.D., C.G., J.B., D.R., P.C., M.B., K.G., K.W., M.E., K.B., E.G., M.D. & R.S.
for Okwui Enwezor
Firehose blast pummels. Torqued silhouettes.
Teach me how to Dougie…We don’t succumb.
Everything that stood in their way…ruthless
destruction…for which tool brazen Diamond
hammers back against murder. Article:
Philando’s fiancé booked. Our assault
maps. Bradford’s built paper, string tactical
veins pulse in black crumples. Forearms—Baller
K.G. (Celtics) seizes, spits. Gouache, white ink,
magenta mouth-stung light. Walker: We tried…
Not venom, neurotoxins. Vomit pink—
Is it? Our exhaustion translates: We tried…
Bubble hoodie. Helmet-to-weave, No Rem,
M.E., welded steel: Lynch Fragments for them.
Art mines, solders, bleeds. Angles as expect
orate to its hyphae. Roots—in Hyper
cardioid and contact—mics—Dew, Pigment.
Beasley and Gallagher sinew lines, curve
sensorium as polyurethane
query: optic vertebrate, lexicon.
Translucent human-gut spores. Body planes
used in the hi order for…your drill…Drum
Bits…/ntial…ad…FREE WORKSHOP will…i
of America…now…PUT YOUR HANDS UP
AGAINST THE WALL! The building is on Fiiyy
yAAHH…got my 3 kids, and we bounced…Smoke rup
tures Alien’s proboscis…They don’ know…
They don’ know…Pixels—blues, violet shadows.
Copyright © 2021 by Ronaldo V. Wilson. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 28, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets.