Fugue XIII
Saturday July 14th 2012, 1:03 am
Filed under: call for submissions,reading and writing

It’s been a while since we’ve done a Fugue, but we have big plans for the next issue of Four Minutes to Midnight, and we want you to be a part of it. We need your words.

The fugue is a cacophony of voices, brought together to express a common dissent and a common longing, on our own terms, and in new language.

The theme is, as always, where we’re at right now. In Montréal, that means a summer of love and revolution, a tired stereotype that nevertheless rings true. Red squares and cops everywhere, an unbearable heat, and the promise of more.

Please add your words in the comments thread below. The rules are simple, just read, write, and trust that meaning will emerge…

The last line from the last fugue:

“A flock of feathers fanning out the forest fire.”


“the tremble and treble,
it sounds,
and i kiss everything that is blue.”

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it sounded like blue.
like simplicity.

but there was a luau in my/our name tonight
and blue now seems like a lonely stranger
in the dissonance of color,
there was much to look forward to.

Comment by *** 07.14.12 @ 1:19 am

we build nostalgia from 7-11s and vast, empty, parking lots

Comment by kevin 07.14.12 @ 1:23 am

…as far as the eye can see,
the tricks are always just around the corner,
as long as we will them to be.

Comment by *** 07.14.12 @ 1:33 am

hello mr. zebra, gosh you are some animal, doves and falcons want to share your soft crosses.

Comment by realerman 07.14.12 @ 12:38 pm

wincing in effort to be more than just one.

Comment by *** 07.14.12 @ 6:17 pm

we were never part of the Swiss
hardcore scene, not really,
I was a bit too young
and you, younger still

Comment by kevin 07.15.12 @ 1:47 am

but we were always more than no one;
we just needed to remember.
one no,
many not neutral

Comment by cindy 07.15.12 @ 1:21 pm

white – never neutral white –
like a heavy smog
leeching and choking
and I gasp
cough –

Comment by john 07.16.12 @ 11:20 am

the red squares scatter everywhere

Comment by cindy 07.16.12 @ 9:51 pm

it continues…

it was never really about
the music, anyways, nor
the smartly-run squats
certainly not the country

simply the way lines were
drawn between
point A and point B

Comment by kevin 07.17.12 @ 3:18 pm

the musicality of it of what
the dinosaur of this end in thought
the winged double spin no naught
and here we go in the morning

the simpering sing conflate
the national hymn to the state
the previous sin the marginal win
the squirming all night at the gate

Comment by .............. 07.17.12 @ 8:14 pm

text is easier to manipulate when it exists
it exists as a sign of my folly
the beasts dehors are braying
just kids, a busful of teens doing art and bagels

Comment by .............. 07.17.12 @ 8:15 pm

the ambient sound of air conditioning, airplanes, and cars
meandering past us
like the drones of helicopters to settle the unsettled

the negotiation of settlements drags on
like the unrelenting humidity here

some of of us have left this fight
others wait…
wait here patiently

Comment by shaneonabike 07.17.12 @ 8:15 pm

instead of deleting i publish post

Comment by .............. 07.17.12 @ 8:16 pm

i understand the art of it but ceaseless transmission in every direction is a bit much

Comment by .............. 07.17.12 @ 8:19 pm

a live stream of feet
against pavement
against police
walking against traffic
for everything

a waking infinite dream

Comment by cindy 07.17.12 @ 9:28 pm

night fell then nursed itself
an example for all
we don’t see the road ahead
but we soldier on

Comment by Sébastian Hell 07.19.12 @ 3:49 am

blindly on dumb horses
nothing happening left of you, so
just move on … it’s okay you act are in portant your acts import
inhope of some importance
like hollow laughter

aren’t we ? just right?

Comment by john 07.19.12 @ 5:14 pm

I used to believe in community – in all of that
— and sure it’s there
just when it’s free// well
now i just say fuck you all///
thanks// but no thanks eh.. just wait your turn eh…i quit
good night

Comment by john 07.19.12 @ 8:44 pm

quitting the quitting.

Comment by kevin 07.19.12 @ 9:39 pm

It’s been weeks since you were in my bed
allowing my fingers to trace your neck
intertwine our limbs
when we woke, you said I looked so smiley
I said, “I was lucky to have such a beautiful
girl beside me.”
I guess I was right.

I want a poetry that will speak to the curve
of the back of your neck
in the same breath as it describes
the locking of arms as
the cops rush us
batons raised
our hearts beating fast

Comment by kevin 07.20.12 @ 1:53 am

It will be a different sunshining tomorrow, a new kind of light..

Comment by realerman 07.20.12 @ 9:47 am

wincing at the new sun, accepting we are just one.

Comment by *** 07.24.12 @ 5:45 pm

i lost the thread here. who was that

Comment by john 07.24.12 @ 7:20 pm

stolen words from a stolen heart. the pavement has never looked so perfect.
so… does it really matter?

Comment by *** 07.26.12 @ 7:43 pm

The long hairy arm of the law swings high and near missing me by a light year

Comment by realerman 07.28.12 @ 9:13 am

we sigh slow

Comment by kevin 07.29.12 @ 2:27 am

Now bring their children
I need to feed

Comment by Sébastian Hell 07.29.12 @ 11:12 pm

And the world is shaped, shaped so round
that I knew back then
back then and now.

Comment by M 07.31.12 @ 6:58 pm

Knowing is almost
as great as forgetting.

Comment by john 08.05.12 @ 7:20 pm

so, stolen?
so, steal.

Comment by *** 08.06.12 @ 6:13 am

Every day I think “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel” when I walk past campaign signs, and cops

Comment by john 08.10.12 @ 12:40 am

erode, sculpt, reflect
it’s all we know

Comment by kf 08.14.12 @ 1:26 pm

all of nothing…
we need some erosion of the capitalist mind…

Comment by john 08.14.12 @ 5:03 pm

it’s all we know
the poems always speak of love and loss
but our lives are little
our loves rarer still
we are marked by absence
not loss, but simply, by not being there

Comment by kevin 08.14.12 @ 8:13 pm

and it is still fucking beautiful

Comment by kevin 08.14.12 @ 8:16 pm

So breathe and look back at me
When I stood on the corner by
your place at 3 waiting for the sun to come

Comment by john 08.15.12 @ 2:39 pm

Satiety help me I have inhabit
of this world. Extant upon its designs
to be more aimlessly fluttering at
the window, to shadow all the patterns

it offers each sun. In frames far as eye
I draw my words towards a juggler’s shards
as if our fallings-down our deaths occurred
but did not involve a lot of colloquialized

arm movements, the body language throws. Thus
the shape of your silence when it speaks me
is different than mine in saying you,

though both of them resemble that spasm hymned as
repose lifepause a happen of sorts the way
the horizon’s a long way without meaning to.

— Bill Knott

Comment by kevin 08.25.12 @ 12:37 am

? ?[spring] Show IPA verb, sprang or, often, sprung; sprung; spring·ing; noun, adjective
verb (used without object)
to rise, leap, move, or act suddenly and swiftly, as by a sudden dart or thrust forward or outward, or being suddenly released from a coiled or constrained position: to spring into the air; a tiger about to spring.
to be released from a constrained position, as by resilient or elastic force or from the action of a spring: A trap springs. The door sprang open and in he walked.
to issue forth suddenly, as water, blood, sparks, fire, etc. (often followed by forth, out, or up ): Blood sprang from the wound.
to come into being, rise, or arise within a short time (usually followed by up ): Industries sprang up in the suburbs.
to come into being by growth, as from a seed or germ, bulb, root, etc.; grow, as plants.

Comment by hrexe 08.25.12 @ 7:41 pm

the sudden springing of knives
riot cops in our schools

Comment by kevin 08.27.12 @ 11:40 pm

wind lifts an errant dry leave and makes the dead thing dance.

Comment by lb 10.02.12 @ 12:31 am

*that’s ‘leaf’

Comment by lb 10.02.12 @ 12:32 am

The hunger for power is an endless famine.
While the struggle for it an opportunity for the just.

Comment by MannUp 10.02.12 @ 12:46 am

Why can we not be perfectly clear, even Nixonian in our perfect clarity? First, it is becase one must be clear to oneself before one can be clear to others. (The computer emits arcane, medieval noises.)

Second, one must think clearly in order to be clear to oneself, and hence to others.

Third, the means of achieving clarity are unclear.

So even in the simplest of circumstances, muddy thought muddies one’s thoughts.



“You don’t need to …”
As repeating refrain

Ie. You don’t need to love me,
You don’t need to
Hate me

My natural opposition to everything has led inevitably to politics.

“If we do not want to participate in the spectacle of the end of the world, we will have to work towards the end of the world of spectacle.”

– Situationist International

My favourite era of New Order is where they’re faking Joy Division.

Narrativity – my obsession amount to a restless construction / deconstruction of alternate, often paranoid narratives over what is really just fragments of non-events that fail to synch up in any really intended / willed way …

“May your future be fortunate.”

– from Crouching Tiger …

Yoga should be cheaper than drugs.





Only beauty can save the world. Only beauty, kindness and justice. A trinity older than that of the church.
– – priest in Massacre In Rome





Life is a relentless advance into unknown territory.

I have been taken by storm.


Why should we be interested in a clearly impossible story? Because as Gogol in fact says, the impossible is what happens all the time.

– William Kentridge, from a documentary online

Comment by vince 10.05.12 @ 10:39 pm

remember when we were above the law and beyond order?

Comment by realerman 10.06.12 @ 3:31 am

We drift.
Clouds churn
We drift
Asphalt black with rain
We drift

Comment by john 10.19.12 @ 11:13 am

… raised fists are images as much as anything else. That 100,000 in the street is also a rare poetry.

Comment by kevin 10.25.12 @ 8:33 pm

readings ready read delicious

Comment by realerman 10.26.12 @ 9:01 am

a bit beyond
what is designated as
the pale

Comment by kevin 10.30.12 @ 8:29 pm

It was the one thing I knew for certain.
It left in the middle of the night.
I heard it rummaging, trying to find its shoes.
The door closed quietly behind it.
And I pretended to sleep.

Comment by Erica 12.09.12 @ 6:03 pm

And you tried to dream
of mountain time before
the end of a five year conversation

Comment by kevin 12.11.12 @ 10:09 pm

The conversation was a soliloquy.
You thought you had all the answers.
And when you woke up to the stranger in your bed, you touched their face and realized it was you.

Comment by Erica 12.12.12 @ 12:27 am

there was a void there
they were avoiding
and when I screamed into the space between us
your silence expanded everything

Comment by Erica 01.14.13 @ 11:31 pm

lost in the sun
lost in the snow

Comment by kevin 01.14.13 @ 11:45 pm

writing into the void

Comment by kevin 01.14.13 @ 11:54 pm

“Sad Pop Superstars”

Comment by kevin 01.14.13 @ 11:54 pm

licking salt from my skin. as ritual. as promise.

Comment by kevin 01.15.13 @ 12:31 am

i can spot them a mile away, especially when i’m hungry

Comment by realerman 01.15.13 @ 8:32 am

and it’s only about to eat me alive

Comment by Erica 01.20.13 @ 3:11 pm

too soon
thickened paint globs just beneath the top layer
that hardened too soon
a blemish on a painting – unfinished
the farther you get the more I seem to detach myself
from existence entirely
but if you are close- really close, I crawl up under your skin
just like I manage to crawl under that painting’s surface
adding texture, subtracting the rest
I stick, and I am stuck

-Matthew Raymond Diomataris

Comment by Matthew R. Diomataris 03.01.13 @ 4:56 pm

you wake up with mysterious knuckle scabs
(what have you been fighting for)
and a wide, cool green stone that
sits in your heart
a paperweight

what if
go to the
wait now
and then
could you
because it
right so
but not

Comment by rebecca 11.20.13 @ 1:24 pm

fight for the boat full
of poets
who carry to
lands distant
the words with the ways

Comment by realerman 05.28.14 @ 7:25 pm

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