The Emperor Has No Balls by Lindsey Thaden


After INDECLINE’s multicity American art installation featuring a naked
Donald Trump
August 2016

written in collaboration with allen
ginsberg & karl

the little old man destroyed
by madness : his face is a grimace
of sorrow & gloom
hysterical naked
madhouse : trumping tower
trumping fame
trumping power
yacketa yakhe’s
[screaming, vomiting] facts :
………….cock & endless balls
…………….anecdotes : promises
…………..budgets : borders
………… they break & fall
………… they break & fall.

Union Square, NY—Bulbous, veiny
birthday boy slaps mystified, giggly,
selfie-snapping crowds at impromptu
strip sess.

Cold of heart, cold of mind dragging
the negro streets
a lost
battalion of sardonic
who threw down a wall
who threw down terrorism
(eating) fire & jump(ing) in limousines
out of Gingrich’s moon.

the little old man
talked continuously
seventy hours from park to pad to bar to
Bellevue to museum to Brooklyn Bridge
rushing, rushing
looking for his anger fix.


they seem to feel no pain at all
jumping down stoops off fire escapes
waves swirling
white supreme as whip cream
no muslims no mexicans
shut down these huddled masses
yearning to break free
Visions! omens! hallucinations! harlequin speech of
cock & endless balls!
gone down the American river shuddering!
mouth-wracked & battered bleak of brain
all drained of brilliance in drear light
of ashcan rantings and kind king light of mind.

The Emperor Has No Balls debuted in urgent and timely responses at Passages North and also appears in Vending Machine Press. Lindsey Thäden is a poet masked as a Master’s of Nursing Practice student. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Apeiron Review, The Ekphrastic Review, Metro New York, & Passages North.

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