[schema geometrica] [ON THE SCORPION AMBITION OF MONEY]
—I breathe indiscriminately // I kill the same // but money // what little of it I have // is laser-guided // key-stroked out of my accounts to bloody many (at least to me) hidden elsewheres // —O scorpion in the brain I love you // you are the shape of my net worth // curve & sting of my ambitions // how you ebb & flow with the loneliness of oceans // an abstract plankton of commerce & corrosion that maintains my 3% // —O euro & yen // British pound sterling // how you see me leaving darkened rooms // hands dripping in wealth that somehow is fouling the world // I must be complicit // taste of coal in my lungs // entire species going extinct in the pool of my eyes // humorous once // a glassy joyous vitreous // now just veined with murderous silks // —O dollars I will serve you // I need your fire & your contaminants // I will drag them like the raiment they are to king & queen my broken street
[schema geometrica] [W/BLOOD IN IT & A DELIRIUM]
[insert latest IHME Projections here] —I breathe indiscriminately // I kill the same but the blood on my hands is not this blood— a cytokine storm killing lung killing liver killing vessel kidney heart // —O ICU deliria the television catheter burns here too w/visions of snakes & saws to the brain // hallucinations so real they are daylight on a bathroom floor I cannot explain // spasms of time I keep churning through // sips of air—morning—numbed & countless // un- coma-ed // I scrub face (knowing there is death in it & names) pour coffee (más muerte y nombres) (mas nombres) endure commercial breaks long enough in toto to ink at least one word (shame) near one shallow bone where skin is tenderest—is money—is payback— but not my narrow wrist // inner thigh // ankle // stomach // top of foot —not this skin
Dennis Hinrichsen is the inaugural winner of the Wishing Jewel Prize from Green Linden Press for his book schema geometrica, which will appear fall 2021. His previous work includes [q / lear], a chapbook also from Green Linden Press, and This Is Where I Live I Have Nowhere Else To Go, winner of the 2020 Grid Poetry Prize. He has new poems appearing or forthcoming in American Poetry Journal, Canary, I-70 Review, The Night Heron Barks, Map Literary, Misfit, Otoliths, and The Pinch. He lives in Lansing, Michigan where from May 2017 – April 2019 he served as the area’s first Poet Laureate.