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Our poetry editor, Joe Pan, has selected a poem by Timothy Liu for his series that brings original poetry to the screens of Hyperallergic readers.

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Umberto Boccioni, “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” (1913) (image via Wikimedia)

FUTURISM

Said we were emptied out.

Said ours was wide-eyed worldliness lacking all restraint.

Time to summon legions nonpareil?

As desire’s sing-song jollities flood the laundered sheets.

With all your amenities surface-scratched.

Molto agitato. The dry acuity of an analytic wit.

And endless adagios!

Trying to traipse across the mind’s vertiginous shifts.

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Timothy Liu is the author of ten books of poems, including the forthcoming Don’t Go Back To Sleep (Saturnalia Books, 2014) and Let It Ride (Station Hill, 2015). He lives in Manhattan with his husband.

Joe Pan

Joe Pan grew up along the Space Coast of Florida and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut poetry book, Autobiomythography & Gallery, was named “Best First Book of the Year” by Coldfront magazine. His work has...

2 replies on ““FUTURISM” by Timothy Liu”

  1. my thoughts on this are: how come nobody writes poems that rhyme anymore. my opinion is that its because people are being racist because of rappers and such. it’s really apauling. darryl

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