[I randomly opened works by some of my favorite poets, tore out the lines I found and assembled them (pretty much in the order I found them) into this.  The title is my contribution]:


Dis(quiet) Illusion

I pity those who dream the probable
    Christ is a nigger
    Beaten and black
the reasonable and the accessible
    sum half-fruit cop
    in Poughkepsie thinks the
    first lines in my poem
    are obscene
more than
    destruction broke
    over furze and stone and crop
    of myrtle-shoot and field-wort
    destroyed with flakes of iron
those who fantasize
    You have no idea what has happened
    To what is no longer yours
about the extraordinary and remote
    Blue windows, blue rooftops
    and the blue light of the rain
    these contiguous phrases of Rachmaninoff
    pouring into my enormous ears
    and the tears falling into my blindness
Those who have grandiose dreams
    “Great Queen, bless me with thy tatters!”
    “You are blest, go on!”
are either lunatics
    He fills up the sea
who believe in what they dream and are happy
    The sea
    wants to blow
    its lid
or they’re mere day dreamers
    God is His Father
    White Master above
whose reveries are like 
    the bracken-stems
    where tender roots were sown
    blight, chaff and waste
the soul’s music
    sum D.A.R. mothers want
    me deported as an alien
    menace
lulling them and
    he fills up the evening and the morning
    they darken
meaning nothing
    In front of the sea
    raise your lances
But those who dream the possible will
    Most holy bastard
    Of the bleeding mouth
very possibly suffer real dis
    offering the pernicious advice of dreams
    Is it too late for this?
illusion


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Acknowledgements:
The unindented lines form a quotation from text #143 of
Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet (translated by Richard Zenith) [Penguin Classics]

The indented sections come from (in this order):
Langston Hughes, “Christ in Alabama” – p. 143 of The Collected Poems [Vintage Classics]
d.a. levy, “PRAPS” – p. 132 of Collected Poems [Ephraim, WI: Druid Books]
H.D., “Helios” – pp. 142-3 of Collected Poems 1912-1944 [New Directions]
Ted Hughes, “The Executioner” – p. 75 of Three Books [Faber and Faber]
Frank O’Hara, “On Rachmaninoff’s Birthday” – p. 189 of The Collected Poems [University of California Press]
William Carlos Williams, “The Strike” – p.111 of The Collected Poems… Volume I – 1909-1939 [New Directions]
Ted Hughes, “The Executioner” – p. 75 of Three Books [Faber and Faber]
Lorca, “Seaside Prints” (translated by Jerome Rothenberg) – p. 223 of Collected Poems [Farrar Strauss Giroux]
Langston Hughes, “Christ in Alabama” – p. 143 of The Collected Poems [Vintage Classics]
H.D., “Helios” – pp. 142-3 of Collected Poems 1912-1944 [New Directions]
d.a. levy, “PRAPS” – p. 132 of Collected Poems [Ephraim , WI: Druid Books]
Ted Hughes, “The Executioner” – p. 75 of Three Books [Faber and Faber]
Lorca, “Seaside Prints” (translated by Jerome Rothenberg) – p. 223 of Collected Poems [Farrar Strauss Giroux]
Langston Hughes, “Christ in Alabama” – p. 143 of The Collected Poems [Vintage Classics]
Frank O’Hara, “On Rachmaninoff’s Birthday” – p. 189 of The Collected Poems [University of California Press]

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