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See YouTube video 6/11/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Xerostomia”, “Afraid of Telling The Truth” and “Fifteen Gun-Toting Tweets” at Georgetown’s “Poetry Aloud” open mic (from a Sony camera).
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See YouTube video 6/11/17 of Janet Kuypers reading her poems “Xerostomia”, “Afraid of Telling The Truth” and “Fifteen Gun-Toting Tweets” at Georgetown’s “Poetry Aloud” open mic (from a Lumix camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 7/1/17 poetry show “Our Cultural Independence and Achieving Global Freedom” in Austin (Lumix), with her poems “fader, his mädchen and the Führer”, “of independence or freedom”, “Xerostomia”, and “Utopia never happened” (with background music from Janet’s electric bass and bow, then the HA!Man of South Africa).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 7/1/17 poetry show “Our Cultural Independence and Achieving Global Freedom” in Austin (Sony), with her poems “fader, his mädchen and the Führer”, “of independence or freedom”, “Xerostomia”, and “Utopia never happened” (with background music from Janet’s electric bass and bow, then the HA!Man of South Africa).
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Our Cultural Independence
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the “Our Cultural Independence and Achieving Global Freedom” 7/1/17 chapbook the “Our Cultural Independence and Achieving Global Freedom” 7/1/17 chapbook of the poems she performed in her 7/1/17 “Our Cultural Independence and Achieving Global Freedom” poetry feature/show, including both classic and new poems “fader, his mädchen and the Führer”, “of independence or freedom”, “Xerostomia”, and “Utopia never happened”.
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers’ “December 2017 Book Release Reading” 12/6/17, where she reads from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” her poems “our futures”, “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “Kick Someone Out”, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls”, “Xerostomia”, and “You Were Meant” in “Community Poetry @ Half Price Books” (L; T56).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers’ “December 2017 Book Release Reading” 12/6/17, where she reads from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” her poems “our futures”, “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “Kick Someone Out”, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls”, “Xerostomia”, and “You Were Meant” in “Community Poetry @ Half Price Books” (L2500).

Xerostomia

Janet Kuypers
6/4/17

I had to have
that tie to you.

I would draw your face,
since we’re apart.

I need to solve
my xerostomia,

so finally when
I got the chance

I took your photo
in the crowded room.

I know I’ll never
meet you — but

I needed to have
that record of you.

I needed proof
that you were real.

This photo is truth —
this photo is certainty.

I developed the film;
dodged and burned

out all the people
around you

who didn’t matter —
ancillary people,

nobodies
to me.

Started printing your image
on my black and white printer.

Everything’ll be
so crystal clear

when everything’s
in black and white.

They say I need
independence from you,

but I made more prints
bumped up the contrast

reduced you to
mere two tone prints.

I kept printing,
kept plastering

your image
everywhere I could —

 

until all I saw
were images of you,

and all I saw
were replicas of you.

I stared       at copies
of your face...

and I wasn’t free.
That’s when I knew

that I forgot the substance
of you for me.


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