Seven Angles on Flight – M. A. Istvan Jr.

1

Our constant rerun of some shame, although
as normal in private as flying dogs in dreams,
would look insane broadcasted on a news ticker.

2

Only concerned with learning
how to take off and fly,
never how to land.

3

Jaw dislodged from a flying knee,
on the canvas he continues to throw
combinations, soft as if in a dream.

4

When yogic flying turns out to be just hideous hopping.

5

Naked ladies no longer fly: proposals
for nose art on military jets are vetted
to ensure that no one will take offense.

6

Flying phobics who become driving phobics
after learning, in their therapy session,
how much riskier driving turns out to be.

7

Waterfall grizzles smacked upside the head by flying salmon.

 

M. A. ISTVAN JR., although a university professor, actually makes most of his money as a method translator of AAVE. In light of his extreme efforts to ensure sincere and emotionally expressive translation, Jet Magazine has in fact dubbed him the Daniel-Day-Lewis of his craft. For instance, he might sip Tempranillo from a Burgundy glass when translating to Standard English and swig Boone’s Farms from a brown-bagged bottle when translating the other way. For more info, go here: https://txstate.academia.edu/MichaelIstvanJr.

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