ROBERT SHEPPARD
COW 1 (17 MINUTES)

[”Cow 1 (17 Minutes)” and “Cow 4 (6 Minutes),” translated from Rene Van Valckenborch’s Walloon, appear to refer to controversial “fast” paintings of Magritte executed for his Paris exhibition of 1948.—RS]



under a confection of fucked chandeliers
the servants chorus mental porridge 
spermy with milk gritty with water

the queen of shoes has polish tins
laid out their angel wings flicked open
to absorb & absolve the princess’s secret sin

she whispers in the dark jockey’s ear
graffiti she reads from palace walls blooming
speech bubbles with embellished tags

puncturing rather than punctuating
her obscene verses the witnesses’ rictal
incontinence betrays it’s a dirty one

a veil like a vapour laughs blankets
their language-centres
this pure explosion of fuck-you poetry:

            there was a young princess called madoc
            whose dead dowager smelt like a haddock
                    by royal ascent
                    or by mankind’s descent
            she was filleted in the horses’ paddock






COW 4 (6 MINUTES)

will our melancholy daughters
live as long as darwin’s tortoise
in this new century of slaughters

when like its own rebuttal
the space shuttle
is a subtle

closing chapter of one such history
what mystery
is now slapped on my story

like the fresh silver paint on the bathroom cupboard
that stands drying on the landing which once harboured
your potions to port & my germoloids to starboard

i’m a bath-tub sailor
as the day grows paler
awash with weeping adrift on failure

a crusoe of verse a sacrificial ovid
flattened of ego & of id
delivered walking wounded from dante horrid

in fecal decay i scratch these frenchy tercets
& with my dribbling bladder of percepts
i piss these poems on your thingy concepts



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