What I love about this poem is Jesseca’s fearlessness of language. So often, it seems, poets will use the wrong word because the right word could be deemed “inappropriate.” Sometimes, folks, you just have to say FUCK and allow it to be eloquent.
Infinitely Scalable Model of One Theory of Efficiency
Here we have the self-fucking cock,
wind ’im up and watch ’im bang
himself into oblivion, the halcyon
thundersmack of wood-whack-wood,
now that’s the thing-in-itself!
unburdened, in this case, of cunt
but, in general, of its relation
to complexity, the schematics of desire.
If only everything were the clarity of an example,
the illustration that proves the theory—
which is to say, there is some genius
in the cock that fucks itself,
lust clarified to the pure essence of its own being.
Think of coffee that makes itself
or dishes that break themselves
for a sense of the possibilities:
needs that fulfill themselves
and problems that blame themselves
make for a good night’s ethics.
Imagine a world where lakes drown
themselves, fish catch themselves,
chickens lay themselves in jokes
that tell themselves, and a gadget invents
itself in an infomercial that orders itself
with money that makes itself.
If this theory proved itself, the dead
would count themselves in silent
self-lamenting elegies, bells would toll
for themselves, clocks stop themselves,
the sermon preach itself, the funeral feast
feed itself, the government impeach
itself, and St. Peter would pass judgment
on his own damned self. Hell,
this poem would write itself in self-eating
words with lips that would read themselves,
and you, my friend, would be free of it all.
Jesseca Cornelson is an associate professor of English at Alabama State University where she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Parody, Botticelli Magazine, the Me, as a Child Poetry Series by Silver Birch Press, Platte Valley Review, Cellpoems, and Salamander. In August 2015, she will be a writer-in-residence at the Platte Clove Preserve sponsored by the Catskill Center.