Lotus Fervor: Rose Knapp

August 2, 2017








Rose Knapp is a poet, producer, and multimedia artist. She has publications in Lotus-Eater, Bombay Gin, BlazeVOX, Hotel Amerika, Gargoyle, and others. She has a chapbook with Hesterglock Press and a collection forthcoming with Dostoyevsky Wannabe. She lives in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at roseknapp.net


I would describe my poetics as heavily influenced by Dadaism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. Chaotic and anarchic, while never completely abandoning the competing desire for consistency and coherent narrative logic. 



Faux Haiku


Absinthe shots are improper
America says
France is tote in the desert



Lotus Fervor 


Some psychedelics
Unfortunately require 
A Civilized touché
At times of untimely
Intimidation press
Pronoia & paranoia
Blazed lips of death
Voices echo etched
In their own reflection 
Too little and you're 
Stuck in swarming 
Aristotelian static
Statuesque Crowds
Immortals without 
Identity or even
Mosques of masks
Hijabs fade off faces
Knives slide silently
Into the side of
White demons 
And by the time
Alexander has one
Adversus Visigoths
Too much machismo
Conquered crushed
Catatonic crusades 
Straight lines turn
India he dies and
The Eastern silk
Devours itself
All roads lead
To Helios
Roses burn
Silver glints
Slices smoke
Into projections
Some call history



Kalām Kosmologica


Shadows of stars
Tearing themselves 


Flittering over this
Wasteland Cantos


de chœur Enfant 
Fountain heads


terrible splendor 
Millions of millennia


Darts down into 


Steels its art
And artificial 


Insanity back
Laughing as


It powders


Onto our chic
Slits into vains


Nirvanic Nihilio 
Jaded Genesis



درويش Darwish Darjeeling 



Lmao like authenticated 
Tourist trap queen clichés 
On Hollywood Boulevard 
Thud from illiterate illegals 
Like they were desig
Noted for these astro 
Logical streets solut
Atrocious Atomisms
Exist Sartre~Satirically 
Authentic denoting yet
To be exploited by the
Explorers explicating 
Explicitly political poems 
Are polemical poison say
Our Greying Grand Ginseng 
Ginsbergs wacking each
Other off on to illogical 
Argumentum empirical 


Placebo & Place



Detritus of Detroit 
Slicks soundly along 
The Chicago subway
A four buy four crashes 
Circa 1929 and Goldman
Quickly & quietly tries 
To remedy the situation 
Until work without end 
Catholics hide Muslims
& Jews while Protestants
Largely continue on their 
Manifest of massacring 
The unfit & unwilling 
Until a Goddot never
Appears and humanism 
Hunts back its pathetic rain



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