Hamlet in 15 Seconds

Every once in a while,
imagine life as a hard, rigid,
inflexible caramel center.

If you can help it,
make your way through
a swirling maelstrom
of volatile surprises.

And by all that is holy,
practice a death-defying leap
through a flaming hoop
while reciting Hamlet

in under 15 seconds
when nobody’s around.

People always clap
for the wrong reasons.

Shloka Shankar, 2017

Remixed works:
Chaos Theory: A Unified Theory of Muppet Types, by Dahlia Lithwick
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.

Signifiers

Let’s do this right.
I had everything I ever wanted,
but nothing I really needed.
This beautiful mess is best ended without notification.

I had everything I ever wanted.
Nothing is a masterpiece.
This beautiful mess is best ended without notification.
Enough! Enough! Enough!

Nothing is a masterpiece.
I guess what you mean.
Enough! Enough! Enough!
Empty signifiers.

I guess what you mean.
But nothing I really need.
Empty signifiers.
Let’s do this right.

Shloka Shankar, 2016

Remixed works:

Quotes from films: The Romantics, One Fine Day, Leap Year
Provisional Language, by Kenneth Goldsmith
Song of Myself, by Walt Whitman

Mutability

Having mislaid it, and then
found again in a changed mind,
stones are like deaths.

(The distant boom of quiet change.)

Only, we are inert spaces
brushed by the half-rhymes of activities
meshed in a world
quicksilvering into water –

threading the event with sight
till meaning rises like a tide through it.

Shloka Shankar, 2016

Remixed works:

Poems by Charles Tomlinson:
A Rose for Janet, Before the Concert, Hill Walk,
In Defence of Metaphysics, The Way of a World,
Against Travel, and All Afternoon