Fear of Music

(with special thanks to Hugo Ball and Talking Heads)

“In Betweeners” Volume 13

 

i am a snake, electrified

hanging from the window

of a loft; in a city

 

bim-blassa gallasa-za zimbra-brim

 

spineless, inarticulated, coated with

rubber and plastic; body buzzing

with volts and amplified waves

 

bim-blassa gallasa-za zimbra-brim

 

my mouth on a guitar string, tail inside

a van, parked on the street, surveilling

like government agents in a movie

 

bim-blassa gallasa-za zimbra-brim

 

one day this glass guillotine will

bisect me; and I’ll be as useless as

words without meaning

 

glassa tu-fu i-zimbra