Two Poems

by Volodymyr Bilyk

***
1.
Toll.

and afterwards
the fit of scuff –

the chink of it is jarring –
it barbs the clocks cock ’till it crumbles

and then
the rumble of the fall
blows off…

some mum subsequently.

nefarious flash,
blank plash
and froth

and crackle…

blackout.

…boring

finger taps the nose,

it wallows –
stomping nil
on loop…

and nothing else.

***
2.
take a gander at nil.
in a solemn and considered manner.

Sigh loudly
Count number of letters in your sigh.

Imagine
you once
heard
a dot
happening.

Have you noticed how the muscles of your face flexed?

VOLODYMYR BILYK IS A WRITER, TRANSLATOR FROM UKRAINE. HIS BOOKS INCLUDE: VISUAL POEMS IN THE SERIES THIS IS VISUAL POETRY(2013), BOOK OF ASEMIC SHORT STORIES CIMESA PUBLISHED IN WHITE SKY BOOKS(2013), BOOK OF POETRY CASIO’S PAY-OFF PEYOTE PUBLISHED BY RED CEILINGS PRESS(2013), VISUAL POETRY COLLECTION SCOBES PUBLISHED BY NO PRESS(2013), VISUAL POETRY COLLECTION THINGS PUBLISHED BY UNCONVENTIONAL PRESS(2014), LAUGH POEMS PUBLISHED BY UNDERGROUND BOOKS(2014), VISPO AY AI AY PUBLISHED BY BLANK SPACE PRESS(2014) AND “TO WHEN TEA TIES HENCE TO WANK IT TOO” / “EMINENT MEANS OF BASIL DADO HEM-WELT” IN THE CHAPBOOK 5(2015).HIS WORKS WERE EXHIBITED ON BRIGHT STUPID CONFETTI ASEMIC SHOW, YOKO ONO FAN CLUB, VENTI LEGGERI IN BOLOGNA, EL MARTELL SENSE MESTRE IN BARCELONA, THE FUTURE IS HERE AGAIN: VISUAL LANGUAGE IN NEW YORK, 1ST INTERNATIONAL LITERARY FAIR OF MATO GROSSO (2015) AND ON WORLD ASSOCIATION OF VISUAL AND EXPERIMENTAL ARTISTS IN VALJEVO.

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