ben kopel

Cursing the world for being the way it is won’t get us anywhere. But I do want to admit to what it is. I want to admit to what I am. And, yeah, that includes some negative things. There’s a violence in this world and in me, myself. There’s also an anger there. But I’m trying to use these poems to get the balance right, right? For every inch of fear, there has to be some bravery in there to ballast it. Is ballast a verb? I hope it is. It is now. We live in this world, but I think poetry springs from the world that lives in us.
—  Ben Kopel
TEENAGE VICTORY POEM

Way down deep inside the bored demographic,

a girl who’s all Halloween and hardware

and a handsome young skater make tracks 

all the way to a Motel 6 with hours to burn

to fill up a bucket with some dirty cubes

of ice that they can call the bad memories

of his summer-sore wrist. She ripped her lucky

tour t-shirt when they went swimming, the two

of them all clavicle and nipple from the waist

straight up, the six-pack rings wrapped around

their wrists shocking the sleeping salesmen,

spilling their paperwork across their pornography

while her father woke up across the city

just in time to greet the garbage men.

And as the lonesome sun rose over the local

nuclear reactor, the two of them made some great

noises together while two pairs of jet black jeans

dried out along a banister.

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Ben Kopel

http://www.amazon.com/Victory-Ben-Kopel/dp/0983221553

Iscariot Rising Sutra by Ben Kopel

Someone went away / but once they were here / so I don’t die / instead I see a movie / the one about a boy / falling into / the green screen / sky lit up / phosphorescent / spiders and chandeliers / like that one time / near an island / out on the lash / I fell out of you / you laughed / your eyes closed / spread wide / standing open / I asked you / who are you / pretending I am / I did / you said / I’m pretending you / are you / drawing a jacked up heart / across my hand / in every airport / rocking this depression electric / I dry swallow / a video pill / we smoke glitter / until my suit sounds good / I long to be alive / when the world ends / so in love / with someone / I end up / ending everyone

Iscariot Rising Sutra by Ben Kopel

Someone went away / but once they were here / so I don’t die / instead I see a movie / the one about a boy / falling into / the green screen / sky lit up / phosphorescent / spiders and chandeliers / like that one time / near an island / out on the lash / I fell out of you / you laughed / your eyes closed / spread wide / standing open / I asked you / who are you / pretending I am / I did / you said / I’m pretending you / are you / drawing a jacked up heart / across my hand / in every airport / rocking this depression electric / I dry swallow / a video pill / we smoke glitter / until my suit sounds good / I long to be alive / when the world ends / so in love / with someone / I end up / ending everyone

THE SOUTH WILL POEM AGAIN.

The [Aesthesia Balderdash]::[Victory] Sui-Southern Tour featuring this guy and Kim Vodicka slouches its way yr way this summer.

Here are the dates so far: 

June 7th: Casa Azul (Grand Coteau, LA) 7:00pm

June 17th: Artmosphere (Lafayette, LA) 7:00pm

June 19th: Brazo’s Bookstore (Houston, TX) 7:00pm

June 20th: Book Woman (Austin, TX) 7:00pm

June 22nd: Lucky Dog Books (Dallas, TX) 7:00pm

June 23rd: Lightning Reading Series (Fayetteville, AK) 7:00pm

June 24th: Java Cabana (Memphis, TN) 7:00pm

June 26th: Lamplighter Lounge (Memphis, TN) 10:00pm

June 27th: Little Professor Book Center (Birmingham, AL) 6:00pm

June 28th: Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

June 29th: Avid Bookshop (Athens, GA) 6:30pm

If you’ll be in any of these areas on any of these days, come out and see us. If you have friends in any of these places, spread the word! 

Iscariot Rising Sutra | Ben Kopel

Someone went away / but once they were here / so I don’t die / instead I see a movie / the one about a boy / falling into / the green screen / sky lit up / phosphorescent / spiders and chandeliers / like that one time / near an island / out on the lash / I fell out of you / you laughed / your eyes closed / spread wide / standing open / I asked you / who are you / pretending I am / I did / you said / I’m pretending you / are you / drawing a jacked up heart / across my hand / in every airport / rocking this depression electric / I dry swallow / a video pill / we smoke glitter / until my suit sounds good / I long to be alive / when the world ends / so in love / with someone / I end up / ending everyone