from The Tryst of Thetica Zorg


Daniel Y. Harris





Exergue IV



Gregor’s semblants are soiled in bacterium staphylococcus.

Khôra’s Virgine Bella is Skinny Puppy. Trauma unravels

in lithium-7 isotopes, speaks patois, confutes trick  as regret,

         the last eventide for amphibolies. “The new normal

is a traumwelt,” say anarchists. No, the Imps wear the rosa

sericea: its red spurs blooded with voudon. Objet d’art?

Tart, they cray. Narratives are passé. [1822.8884845(14)]−1

u[note 1], ludic praxis to berate them for pride. Tap  

vertices (u,v) pair to access the TechnŽ geanian gap. 

Tohu wa bohu is part cast and post-truth. Warning,

         there’s no grimoire left in the Monas Hieroglyphica.

In Koine Greek, good news. Judeity is cloned.Rate zero


stands bound in syzygy. Cut the stub. Don Giovanni!

         A cenar teco m’invitasti. Abuse your privacy,

your hors-texte from steampunk escritoires. Khôra

excretes her young. Pisgah? Her topos is SODOM.

Leave the archive for portacomps, the fever for autodocs.

Install a plot or assassinate Ac Pacis De Jure Belli drones

with provolutionaries? Gregor hangs The Canon from meat

hooks by piano wire. Punk the Vexilla Regis.





Exergue V



Symbionts take on the Imps, drill pentapods tapping sheaves,

         pix in greige as déconfit, confuting Apache UIMA

with circumfession. Darkland’s disposable Turin Shroud. 

Proxy codes stitch up Thetica’s tallit. Entreaties

for l’amour fou get phrenologic boils. Immune loads

are at dangerous levels. Mercenaries back the Imps,

catapult past dogma, past scoriae, past anamnesis,

past lowly proles in the Plank Epoch, ca. 0 seconds

         (13.799 ± 0.021 Gya), where genius guts Faustroll’s

soupcan vessel. Test Sta*2 for urinary tract disease. 

“Taser da muther,” encrypts Khôra, “rfid tags are cheap.”

VIVIsectVI it its own neural jack. Ein mukdam umeuhar

batorah. Gregor resides at 666 Apokálypsis Ioannou, 

         in case the teraherz scan don’t work. The Samsas

are committed in absentia. Hex epochés. Detect cortex

bombs with proteomes. Radicalize the risen Christ.

Esse is percipi. Which one of the exergues resembles

a heteroclite archipelago? Just the ones with hemeralopes.

         Sell yellowcake uranium. Laus Deo is cribbed

from TV Guide. Cry pax. Surfeit, for sure. Research

for Thetica Zorg is funded by Xygene Corp.





Exergue VI



         The Imps are chthonic, their laus et vituperatio,

burrs on bones. Gregor is heckled. Terraform blackset

serves as ex vivo implant, coombe and on eolithostroton,

         day-labored-at, by biosculpting. Culture cabals

in a collagen tank. Restore neo. Modify glial cells. Improve

the myelin. Reject getopt(argc, argv, “n:c:s:p:”)) != EOF)

as first folio. “These demands are roll botches,” Khôra

says, phishing hail in Jezreel. The tongue’s atrocity

has goo. Extra opposable thumbs with ulnars as radials,

pinch the grip. OHROPAX=vobiscum! Homo Digitalis

brackets analogues. Gregor is diagnosed with praecox,

         reified in minor pieties and chasmal prayers.

Apocopated variant: chasma < Latin < Greek, equivalent 

cha- (root chaínein, gape; see yawn) + - (a) sma resultative 

suffix. Is annulation possible? One juvenilia deserves

one enzymic swag. Dark advice, Khôra. She wears

a medusa brooch. Mahloket is stolen from the Party

         of Davos for shits and lulz. The Imps return

with the hierodule. Face trappers. No help, just a con.

“Perturb entropy” yells the gourdin, coated in semen.

         Three escutcheons escape supermax. Defrock

the literal with roasted egg yolk and saffron. Gregor

gets real-time help from Waze. Khôra grants plaisir 

its De Materia Medica. In Zosimos’ alembic, Am-mit

eats the dead. Zygotic ≈14 to 154 μg/L, 4n diploid.

Salvation is an orgy. Get your pheromone spray. 









Daniel Y. Harris is the author of 11 collections of poetry and collaborative writing including The Rapture of Eddy Daemon (BlazeVOX, 2016), heshe egregore (with Irene Koronas, Éditions du Cygne, 2016), The Underworld of Lesser Degrees (NYQ Books, 2015), Esophagus Writ (with Rupert M. Loydell, The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2014), Hyperlinks of Anxiety (Červená Barva Press, 2013), The New Arcana (with John Amen, NYQ Books, 2012) and Paul Celan and the Messiah’s Broken Levered Tongue (with Adam Shechter, Červená Barva Press, 2010; picked by The Jewish Forward as one of the 5 most important Jewish poetry books of 2010).  Some of his poetry, experimental writing, art, and essays have been published in BlazeVOX, The Café Irreal, Denver Quarterly, E·ratio, European Judaism, Exquisite Corpse, Kerem, The New York Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, In Posse Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review, Stride, Ygdrasil and Zeek.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of X-Peri