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By Robert Priest

ISBN-10: 1550228358

ISBN-13: 9781550228359

From opposite engineering to phonetic transformations, this leading edge anthology unearths incredible that means in the back of widespread material. in the course of the Bible and different cultural narratives, the featured verse conducts various interesting lyrical experiments, making this compendium a great addition to any selection of poetry.

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Drab as a fool, aloof as a bard Never odd or even Live was I ere I saw evil Tug at a gut Murder for a jar of red rum? God damn! Mad dog You know, I did little for you, for little did I know you Revered now I live on. O did I do no evil, I wonder ever 38 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 11:07 AM PUTTING THE APPLE BACK Putting the apple back in the tree Bite by bite like certain birds who Regurgitate for their young Adam and Eve purge the taste Of fruit from their tongues From history — they kiss each other Into one flesh and disintegrate All the winds go roaring back to god All the dust goes whirling back to god The creatures of the land and sea Beasts and birds flap ineluctably Back through cracks in god’s gaze God magnetic drags the stars down with a last gasp Distance buckles, time collapses One word: logos fish fisherman net All slip into the nothing and are perfect 39 Page 39 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 GOD IS SMALL (a backwards paean) God is small Tinier than the grain of sand In a dead man’s eye His word goes unheard His will undone God is weak In starving limbs God trembles God is dying Through feasting flies God’s eyes stare At the unseeing Uncaring sun God is young The weakest thing in the universe His wrath is a twig in a blaze His voice is sick mud His call his command Too weak to be uttered Ever again 40 11:07 AM Page 40 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 PRAYING IT FORWARD Before I lose my self I hope I may return Some good From the good I got I hope I may give To the giving that made me That fed me That healed me Before I give up my matter Back into the matter I hope I do something That matters Something to move us along Before I lose this ambition Before I give up this tongue Before the solid stuff slides away I hope I drink The full liquid cup of life To love the taste of the earth Before I give up Lips and rain and thirst For good For all Before I lose again What can’t be found Let me find myself Conscious in Kindness Aware of the air And my beloved 41 11:07 AM Page 41 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 With all her gifts Let me find myself Looking at her Laughing with joy 42 11:07 AM Page 42 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 11:07 AM ANGLE/ANGEL MEME SPLICE God loves all the angles He has an angle at his right hand And an angle at his left Radiant angles Angles shelter us They hold us and guide our way They say each of us Has our own guardian angle A good angle and a bad angle Angles of our finer nature Angles of the unconscious Mommy is with the angles now Angle eyes Fluttering on angle wings I sensed the presence of an angle In the room I could tell It was like my heart Was touched by an angle 43 Page 43 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 11:07 AM WE ARE ROWING BACK TO HERA We are rowing back to Hera Through all the waves of god Of hymns of incantation We are rowing up the waterfalls And deep under the firmament We are rowing back the arc With a pop We reach the top We’re in the old regime Off with their heads God save the queen I am planting the British flag In the past We hereby lay claim To all these linked Yesterdays The past is hereafter our domain But I’m running out of breath And the crew is scared to death We get back in the arc And quickly we age Fastforward like Argonauts on meth We hurl the vessel forward And so it is we came Once more To this strange lost shore 44 Page 44 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 11:07 AM I LOVE A METAZOAN Mitochondrial poetry Mother-mediated matter Multiply made and scattered Like data in transition In packets from node to node Tracking the human Diaspora Genome by genome And so I love a metazoan She got her structure from bacteria Her cells are full of manic replications I am prone to doting on her gestures Apparently encoded To act this way through honeycomb Inside honeycomb inside Hive after hive Of genome In the genome Yes I love her Like the last Russian doll Like the last colour at the heart of a blackball She exudes chemicals Catalysts, her scripts finish mine Scratching the graffiti Inside our skins To hypertext Till they connect Mind to mind To take us both somewhere Inescapable Fast 45 Page 45 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 And so we are as the codes command I am the father of a trillion typewriters And she is the mother of all hands 46 11:07 AM Page 46 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 11:07 AM Page 47 MONEY/MOMMY MEME SPLICE Just give me mommy I work hard for my mommy You need mommy to get by in this world You have to save your mommy Let your mommy grow But don’t let mommy take over your life Don’t get too attached to mommy Mommy can weigh you down Use your mommy wisely Keep your mommy in a safe place Mommy is just a tool Mommy is a symbolic system We are in a mommy obsessed culture Mommy hounds Slaves to mommy We spend our whole lives scrabbling for mommy mommy mommy Filthy mommy, blood mommy Hypnotized by the power of mommy We are all in the pocket of big mommy Good mommy bad mommy What is this insane lust for mommy Mommy is being driven down devalued We have not been very smart about our mommy When interest rates are low mommy is cheap Mommy destroys human relationships Just throw mommy at it Mommy changes everything I have no mommy-sense I’m bad with mommy Mommy burns a hole in my pocket I have to go begging for mommy in the streets I hate mommy 47 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 I reject mommy Mommy is the root of all evil But it is so hard to live without mommy I’m trying to hold on to my mommy But everybody wants my mommy What happened to our mommy?

Man shall have dominion over the birds and the beasts? Turn the other cheek? Is there anything else in all typography That looks so much like a shepherd’s crook? How could the disappearance of the question mark Be accidental? Why would anyone denude the bible Of its most powerful symbol When god himself is more of a question Than an answer? 20 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 11:07 AM Page 21 ALL MY FUQS (Frequently Unasked Questions) What is the word for word? What are the other words for thesaurus?

Cain a maniac Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo Regard a mere mad rager He lived as a devil, eh? Drab as a fool, aloof as a bard Never odd or even Live was I ere I saw evil Tug at a gut Murder for a jar of red rum? God damn! Mad dog You know, I did little for you, for little did I know you Revered now I live on. O did I do no evil, I wonder ever 38 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 11:07 AM PUTTING THE APPLE BACK Putting the apple back in the tree Bite by bite like certain birds who Regurgitate for their young Adam and Eve purge the taste Of fruit from their tongues From history — they kiss each other Into one flesh and disintegrate All the winds go roaring back to god All the dust goes whirling back to god The creatures of the land and sea Beasts and birds flap ineluctably Back through cracks in god’s gaze God magnetic drags the stars down with a last gasp Distance buckles, time collapses One word: logos fish fisherman net All slip into the nothing and are perfect 39 Page 39 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 GOD IS SMALL (a backwards paean) God is small Tinier than the grain of sand In a dead man’s eye His word goes unheard His will undone God is weak In starving limbs God trembles God is dying Through feasting flies God’s eyes stare At the unseeing Uncaring sun God is young The weakest thing in the universe His wrath is a twig in a blaze His voice is sick mud His call his command Too weak to be uttered Ever again 40 11:07 AM Page 40 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 PRAYING IT FORWARD Before I lose my self I hope I may return Some good From the good I got I hope I may give To the giving that made me That fed me That healed me Before I give up my matter Back into the matter I hope I do something That matters Something to move us along Before I lose this ambition Before I give up this tongue Before the solid stuff slides away I hope I drink The full liquid cup of life To love the taste of the earth Before I give up Lips and rain and thirst For good For all Before I lose again What can’t be found Let me find myself Conscious in Kindness Aware of the air And my beloved 41 11:07 AM Page 41 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 With all her gifts Let me find myself Looking at her Laughing with joy 42 11:07 AM Page 42 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 11:07 AM ANGLE/ANGEL MEME SPLICE God loves all the angles He has an angle at his right hand And an angle at his left Radiant angles Angles shelter us They hold us and guide our way They say each of us Has our own guardian angle A good angle and a bad angle Angles of our finer nature Angles of the unconscious Mommy is with the angles now Angle eyes Fluttering on angle wings I sensed the presence of an angle In the room I could tell It was like my heart Was touched by an angle 43 Page 43 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 11:07 AM WE ARE ROWING BACK TO HERA We are rowing back to Hera Through all the waves of god Of hymns of incantation We are rowing up the waterfalls And deep under the firmament We are rowing back the arc With a pop We reach the top We’re in the old regime Off with their heads God save the queen I am planting the British flag In the past We hereby lay claim To all these linked Yesterdays The past is hereafter our domain But I’m running out of breath And the crew is scared to death We get back in the arc And quickly we age Fastforward like Argonauts on meth We hurl the vessel forward And so it is we came Once more To this strange lost shore 44 Page 44 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 11:07 AM I LOVE A METAZOAN Mitochondrial poetry Mother-mediated matter Multiply made and scattered Like data in transition In packets from node to node Tracking the human Diaspora Genome by genome And so I love a metazoan She got her structure from bacteria Her cells are full of manic replications I am prone to doting on her gestures Apparently encoded To act this way through honeycomb Inside honeycomb inside Hive after hive Of genome In the genome Yes I love her Like the last Russian doll Like the last colour at the heart of a blackball She exudes chemicals Catalysts, her scripts finish mine Scratching the graffiti Inside our skins To hypertext Till they connect Mind to mind To take us both somewhere Inescapable Fast 45 Page 45 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 And so we are as the codes command I am the father of a trillion typewriters And she is the mother of all hands 46 11:07 AM Page 46 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 11:07 AM Page 47 MONEY/MOMMY MEME SPLICE Just give me mommy I work hard for my mommy You need mommy to get by in this world You have to save your mommy Let your mommy grow But don’t let mommy take over your life Don’t get too attached to mommy Mommy can weigh you down Use your mommy wisely Keep your mommy in a safe place Mommy is just a tool Mommy is a symbolic system We are in a mommy obsessed culture Mommy hounds Slaves to mommy We spend our whole lives scrabbling for mommy mommy mommy Filthy mommy, blood mommy Hypnotized by the power of mommy We are all in the pocket of big mommy Good mommy bad mommy What is this insane lust for mommy Mommy is being driven down devalued We have not been very smart about our mommy When interest rates are low mommy is cheap Mommy destroys human relationships Just throw mommy at it Mommy changes everything I have no mommy-sense I’m bad with mommy Mommy burns a hole in my pocket I have to go begging for mommy in the streets I hate mommy 47 ReadingtheBibleBackwards_Final:Layout 1 7/30/08 I reject mommy Mommy is the root of all evil But it is so hard to live without mommy I’m trying to hold on to my mommy But everybody wants my mommy What happened to our mommy?

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