MORNING x Joshua Baumgarten

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Joshua Baumgarten

Over night there was

a whole lot of chatter

across the uninterested net


I slept through it all

though my dreams

held me hostage

to another idea.

I snoozed

then overslept.

Woke a bit bewildered

showered impatiently

and hoped that the bed

would make itself.

The final dream of the night

had told me in a

very direct way that,

“I had made my bed, so now I must lie in it.”

I replied to this afterthought of a dream

now fading in the morning,

“so I did, and so I have lied down in it.

And now you can go ahead and remake it.

For is that not what your dreams

are supposed to do?”

Without argument or as much as a puff

my dreams got to folding down the edges

and fluffing the pillows


I was happy to see that there was

one egg left over for my breakfast.

I broke the shell across the forehead

of some vague reality

fried my values on both sides

and poured Tabasco directly

into my bloodshot eyes

Joshua Baumgarten/The Irrational Library – (1971) Expat suburban NY jew living the life in the Netherlands. Was taught early on by overly nationalistic school teachers to either “love it or leave it” so he left it. Now up to his neck in the muck of cultural agitation in Haarlemtown, Baumgarten is considered to be the second coming of some unknown beat poet from the 60’s. Baumgarten denies this and does not believe in reincarnation. Baumgarten has been said to use the word Fuck quite often in his writings. Baumgarten has no idea why the fuck that matters and thinks people who use twitter are ebola rats. Baumgarten is the author of a number of self-published books and continues to have little patience for poetry editors. As the frontman for the band The Irrational Library, Baumgarten says a lot of things that a large number of Dutch people don’t associate with. Baumgarten is currently writing a collection of sweet character assassination pieces about members of the Republican party. Baumgarten hopes that one day,  poetry will be the golden shower to rain down upon all the nationalistic idiots around the world.

The Poetry of Modern Urban Hope

The Irrational Library


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