Gerundium Flowers

by Sean Braune

Sean Braune is a PhD student at York University and holds a Masters from the University of Toronto. His poetry has appeared in ditch, Poetry is Dead and is forthcoming in Rampike. He wrote the play Leer, which was performed at Ryerson University in April 2010, and directed the short film An Encounter (2005), which won the award for excellence in cinematography at the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival ’09. He has been published in Studies in Canadian Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, and Canadian Literature. He recently gave a guest lecture at Yale University on the topic of visual poetry and constrained writing.

 

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Abating in the twilight, backdating death by calculating junk bonds while dating Xs and Os; eating dirt, fabricating stories at storytime gartens, gating out hobbits and lepers, habituating like a leopard, illaqueating jailors with their own bars, jaculating off drunks in bathrooms, lacerating arms, macerating every chew, narrating decay, obdurating in the face of proof, paginating every purplish bruise, quadrating squares with bonespurs radiating shocks like pain like salivating bonobos tabulating uncertainty at Shakespeare typewriters; ulcerating from pressure in deep sea divesuits, vacating Toronto a.s.a.p. (and everywhere else), waistcoating in a commonly known paneling style, abbreviating speech to glottals and fricatives, bating all takers with drunken kung fu; calibrating thermometers with a gun holster, deactivating nuclear warheads with bolster and statistics, educating gerbils on the art of quantum physics, facilitating government processes, gelatinating vodka ice cubes while hallucinating fractal shapes with dinnertime princesses; illegitimating every lie you told and lying about every truth you didn’t, jubilating like janis on a good night, lactating with a smile, machinating with street gangs with a nauseating conscience; obfuscating reflections in funhouse mirrors, palliating cancer patients and those with “bad days,” quadruplicating orange crops, radicating in a basement with mushrooms sanitating dirt; tailgating tailgate parties while ultimating the relationship; vaccinating heroin addicts, abdicating syringes and spoons, beating punks with chains and pipes in barrooms, calumniating the jews in radio broadcasts, debating with pro lifers on city hall steps, edulcorating your acidic situations, fascinating the brown-eyed girl sitting in chemistry class, gelating vodka ice cubes under halogenating light that hurts eyes … but it is illuminating while jugulating diseases with no cure; laminating old love letters between King Midas and Walt Disney, maculating every pure act you’ve ever done, navigating poorly by this shitty lodestar, objurgating Stephen Harper and his harpies, palpating lymph nodes in lynxes, quintuplicating a pair of twins in Memphis, rating chicks with misogynist banality, satiating listeners and talkers with listening and talking, tenuating every circumstance with circumspection, ululating with uvula oval-shaped vowels, vacillating between silliness and rapture, ablating the N.A.S.A. space craft as it exits the atmosphere, belating arrival by four hours in every instance, camphorating paregoric in morning tea, debilitating illnesses with presence, effectuating power transfers in the Russian mob with essence, fating your death through palm reading while geminating an annoying echolalia; hating all haters and cynics, illustrating children’s stories and Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, juneating apples in Eve’s Eden, lancinating Lancelot and pulling stones from swords, malleating philosophy till mashed necessitating a very big cleanup; obligating criminals to do time, palpitating arrhythmical beats in hurt hearts, ratiocinating like Kant cannot, sating every reader’s desire for more gerunds, terebrating with a mollusk’s intensity for errands, unabating directionless hostility, validating every parking ticket with great facility, abnegating the rosary given by the Pope, beneficiating precious stones in the Pope’s absence, candidating as the incumbent, decaffeinating coca beans of all substance, effeminating with stilettos and dramatic stances, fecundating every flowering plant, generating heat with scant energy sources, heating all homes with renewable resources, imitating a mime who mimeographs while lapidating lepidoptera with horse shoes, thus maltreating all insects; negating all nay-sayers and nihilists, obliterating arguments with swift rhetoric, participating in riots with burning sticks, reacclimating to cold weather in the tropics, saturating the air waves with pop drivel inspired by The Shaggs, terminating all roaches and gym coaches, unaccommodating most commodes with aches and axes, valuating sashes at yard sales, abominating snowmen with ale and hair dryers, berating Danforth street corners with flyers, capacitating wombs, decapitating French intelligentsia, ejaculating on brides and bridegrooms like Whitman, federating the Italian mafia, geniculating at curious angles, hebetating most interesting conversations with banality, immigrating into countries with failing economies, lariating horses with old leather lassoes, mandating better and safer lessons, negotiating with terrorists before breakfast, obsecrating with solemnity, peculating funds like Bernie Madoff, reaccommodating each and every hotel guest, scintillating with starlight scimitars, tessellating Escher birds in constellations, uncrating valuable art creations, variating statistical abnormalities with finality, abrogating prohibition and marijuana laws, bifurcating like a branch fourteen times a day (with flaws), capitulating with marauding invaders, decelerating his Mercedes, elaborating nursery rhymes to ladies, felicitating arms treaties, germinating trees and Baptists, herniating most of his discs, immolating himself on street corners like Buddhists, laureating generals and piss-poor poets, manducating teeth down to nubs, nictating eyes like lion cubs, obturating your movements, penetrating to your deepest thoughts, reactivating your innermost dreams from childhood, seating settlers and serving food, threating ostriches and do-gooders, uncreating civilizations like a god, variegating colours and shapes, accelerating speeds, bituminating cities with cement deeds, captivating audiences in coliseums, dechlorinating whirlpools and wedded nights, elating at the smallest sight of kindness, fellating the smallest hobbit, gestating for 28 days like a rabbit, hesitating at the killswitch, impanating Jesus while legislating new Kashrut laws, manipulating your flaws like Machiavelli, nictitating a third eye, obviating disaster like a parachute, peninsulating families into alcoves, reallocating leaves in garden groves, sedating date rapists, throating swords while undercoating rubberized asphalt, vegetating like a cherub, accentuating curves with Prada, bleating out “blah blah,” carbonating soft drinks until they are hard, decimating buildings in U.K. riots, electroplating objects with negative charges, filtrating water while gesticulating wildly to hibernating bears impersonating politicians; legitimating arguments with proof, marinating food with cumen, nidificating nests with effluvium, odorating sulpur smells while perambulating back alleys; reanimating Frankenstein monsters, segregating crooks from coppers, titillating all your desires, underestimating your left hook, vellicating your nipples with a twist while acclimating to room temperature; bloating after dinner, castigating nuns with cast iron terms, decollating heads that decorate his home, elevating friends to spiritual bliss, fimbriating a clam on the fringe, glaciating water while homologating titanic blueprints; impetrating Allah with requests, levigating substances like an alchemist, masticating food while nidulating empty nests, officiating soccer games as a guest ref, percolating coffee with a hand press, reappropriating kunst and free-yields, seminating seeds in poppy fields, titivating his appearance while underrating his abilities, venerating archbishops and accommodating their larceny; boating on Lake Eerie, castrating cocksure jocks, decompensating entropic heart blocks, eliminating all balance while fixating on equilibria; gloating over yuppy misfortunes, humiliating by wearing absurd costumes, implanting ships with iron, levitating like Linda Blair while masturbating in the air thus nitrating fertilizer; oilheating furniture while perforating edges; never reassimilating by sensating alone; titrating known and unknown reactants, understating vector calculus while ventilating cocytus


Sean Braune is a PhD student at York University and holds a Masters from the University of Toronto. His poetry has appeared in ditch, Poetry is Dead and is forthcoming in Rampike. He wrote the play Leer, which was performed at Ryerson University in April 2010, and directed the short film An Encounter (2005), which won the award for excellence in cinematography at the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival ’09. He has been published in Studies in Canadian Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, and Canadian Literature. He recently gave a guest lecture at Yale University on the topic of visual poetry and constrained writing.

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