written by Ricky De Guzman
The answer to a pile of books on every corner
is a 30 second news cycle
a mirror hates to see a butterfly effect,
a feedback loop I call an opportunity
a one page poem that takes a lifetime to master—
to become a broken derelict in its prime
caught in a jar and left aside with no room to grow
the culturati sinks from the top layer of an oil painting.
Museums in the city is the danger of realism
a touch of civil unrest with tv faces.
or leave enough room for the artists to offer more of themselves
or panic for a second in a junkyard of dreams
or become an imposter to the world, the mirage of redevelopment.
The ticket in your hand to destroy art
an esoteric repeat of a generation
a dining room becomes bigger than life
and mocks the flavor of art.
Born in Manila, raised in Los Angeles, Ricky De Guzman is a graduate student at San Francisco State University. He makes paper airplanes and hopes they can float upside down.