American Anger applies psychological and philosophical anger theories to the choler of American life. These genre-bending poems speak to the demographics that engage the Occupy movement, recognizing anger as the primary condition of the American empire.
Aggression Cue 1: The presence of a gun.
Aggression Cue 2: A hand slammed on a table.
Aggression Cue 3: A fist punched through sheetrock.
Aggression Cue 4: Arms crossed.
Aggression Cue 5: Fists clenched.
Aggression Cue 6: A uniform.
Aggression Cue 7: The gathering of a crowd.
Aggression Cue 8: The presence of an aircraft carrier.
Aggression Cue 9: Shouting.
Aggression Cue 10: Encroachment upon personal space.
Aggression Cue 11: The stationing of troops.
Aggression Cue 12: Frequent interruption.
Aggression Cue 13: Use of expletives.
Aggression Cue 14: Breaking of fragile items.
Aggression Cue 15: Obscene gestures.
The Plural of Hate Speech
Preamble: Nomination Anthem
Days of 1852
Days of 1969
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Report
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Declaration
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Inquest
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Assembly
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Analysis
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Admonition
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Discipline
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Prophecy
Hate Crime Legislation Couplet
“Get Tough” Sentencing and Prison Privatization Couplet
Invisible Punishment Couplet
Stealth Imperialism Couplet
God Hates Fags Couplet
What’s the Big Deal About Torture Couplet
Impellors and Inhibitors: Cultural, …
Aryan Nations Couplets
What’s Wrong With Kansas Stanzas
Background Checks Quatrain
Bias-Crime Unit Sonnet
Thomas Jefferson Couplet
James Madison Couplet
George Washington Quatrains
God Is On Our Side Statistic
Cynical Political Solution Quatrain
Let’s Not Kid Ourselves Quatrain
Militias / Malicious / Mollitious
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Imperative
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Prayer
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising List
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Paean
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Interview
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Estimation
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Complaint
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Explanation
Police Brutality Limerick
Survival Crimes Limerick
Short Anecdote in Which …
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Association
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Search
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Definition
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Suppositions
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Contrast
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Debate
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Rationalization
Compromised Sonnet: Compromising Profile
American Ingenuity Villanelle
Foreign Policy Villanelle
Holding Cell Villanelle
Abortion Doctor Murder Villanelle
Paranoid Politics Villanelle
Sexual Violence Villanelle
Villanelle from the Case Files
Civilian Morale Villanelle
Crisis Orientation Villanelle
Arrest Warrant Villanelle
Poverty Trap Villanelle
Gun Culture Villanelle
Wartime Powers Villanelle
Addendum: Bill of Slights
The Anger Construct
Anger, considered by analogy with health and happiness:
Anger, considered as a state:
Anger, regardless of affect:
Anger contrasted to hatred:
Anger, not summative:
Anger, considered in relation to groups:
Anger, considered in light of the word’s etymology:
Anger, as in former days they spoke of it:
Anger, by nomination:
Anger, by activation:
Anger, by protestation:
Anger, considered as a fundament:
Anger as rule rather than exception:
Anger, all in a row:
Anger, anger everywhere:
Anger, that willful naiveté:
Anger, considered as a right:
Anger related to fear:
Anger as response:
Anger as animus:
Anger, synchronic and diachronic:
Anger less violent than pleasure:
Anger, erasing its tracks:
Anger theorized, v. 1:
Anger theorized, v. 2:
Anger theorized, v. 3:
Anger, easily mistaken:
Anger as misattributed and misplaced frustration:
Twenty Love Songs and a Measure of Disdain
Toxic Waste Love Song
Criminal Tendencies Love Song
Carcinogens Love Song
Alternatives to Rage: Candidate One: Posturing
Corporate Greed and Irresponsibility Love Song
Your Lyin’ Eyes Love Song
Alternatives to Rage: Candidate Two: The Gisaro Ceremony
Apocalyptic Endings Love Song
Pathogens Love Song
Invasive Species Love Song
Alternatives to Rage: Candidate Three: Sa-Salan
Collision Course Love Song
Mass Starvation Love Song
Blood Sport Love Song
Alternatives to Rage: Candidate Four: Quiet Biting Attack
Numberless Casulaties Love Song
Devastating Journeys Love Song
Celebrity Murderers Love Song
Cyborg Love Song
Tables and Charts
I saved myself for this?
I worked hard and saved up for this?
I worked a second job all those years for this?
I quit smoking and drinking for this?
I risked my neck in those godforsaken jungles for this?
I risked my neck in that godforsaken desert for this?
I risked my neck in those godforsaken mountains for this?
I listened and took notes, for this?
I put myself through school for this?
All those committee meetings, for this?
I saved up all my sick days for this?
I stood in line all that time for this?
I worked out five days a week for this?
I paid the house note on time, month after month, for this?
I solicited all those donations for all those worthy causes, for this?
Every day I flossed, no exceptions, and for this?
I put three kids through school for this?
I changed all those diapers for this?
I cleaned up after him for twenty years for this?
I came back with half a leg for this?
God’s Bounty, as Stalking and Shooting from Cover
God’s Bounty, as Normalization of the Pistol
God’s Bounty, as Abundance and Ready Availability…
God’s Bounty, as Unintended Consequences
God’s Bounty, Qualified by Sundry Measures
God’s Bounty, as Perpetual War
God’s Bounty, as Data Sets on Firearms Use
God’s Bounty, as a Secure Border
God’s Bounty, as the Image of Desire…
As Best, Until
His Half, Your Half
Except, No Matter
Out Of, Away From
Why can’t anger occasion the calculated…?
Must anger be expressed immediately?
Does it have to look like anger to be anger?
Are victims of the actions of the angry…?
Have I chosen anger or been chosen by it?
Who’s entitled to host anger, and entitled by what?
We learned our distance from the sun…?
In what history is anger erased by…?
What is it to be overcome with anger?