Off Brand Geometry
My mind, this slave to symmetry,
finds meaning in all the wrong geometry.
Pareidolia: the water hose is a snake.
Pareidolia: a child’s face impressed in cypress grain.
Pareidolia: my friend Mark says that the man
in the moon is a NASA stooge—that the earth
is flat and getting flatter.
He once yelled at me over the phone,
all the way from the frozen Yukon oil fields.
This was love, for him, to save a sad globe-lover,
to grab me by my ears and howl, look you fool.
You can see it all from here.
"Off Brand Geometry" is the opening poem of a larger project, Howling at a Flat Earth, which is an exploration of conspiracy theories and cognitive distortions. The collection was born shortly after a lifelong friend, in his words, “came out” as a flat-earther.