The Melancholic’s Porch: A Glossary

A

abdicate, a building expels itself in the wet

abort, the porch all at sea, close to the railway line

Abraham-men, evidence of counterfeit architecture and authorship

absolute, with no possibility to absolving crises, a state of perfect helplessness

absolve, prepared nonetheless for calm to descend

Acherontic, pallid grey, graves twisting under the soil

adamant, as common concern is foremost, rain slant

adust, blackness coming before its time; a baseless affliction

advoutry, never true even to that which pains

affect, wearing melancholy on the skin

affright, aware that it may startle or not match the terrain—

afternoon-men, idle speculators wander around at close of day

alexipharmacum, seeing extensions as antidotes (main building as wider malaise)

alicant, sweet banality, a child leaning on the legs of its parent

alkermes, making a conjoined feature, somewhat without purpose

all out, altogether bound between an image and what can be said about it—

almuten, a point of shelter projecting outward

ambidexter, switching each segment of an island, ready to mislead

ammi, kept company by laceflower, stars strung in the nave

amphibological, to observe brick, whether sidelong or mountainous

ampliation, rising its pitch in profile, altering structural resistance

angust, as though meant to disappear, even behind dated initials

annexed, simultaneously with meaning and emptiness intervening

antic, to leave you feeling isolated, a gargoyle in the eaves

apologer, wary of impertinent fabulation or exaggerated design

apophlegmatisms, let alone any temptation to refuse further investment in a procedure

approve, theories that cannot be put to the test

aristolochy, walls studded with tongues, variants of pipevine

ascendant, no precise hour to be made out, without horizon, a rising call

assassinate, the sound of which is a true killer, highlighting

Atellanes, the ludicrous nature of the outing, a horrifying desperation

Austrian planets, to make church circuits, a ritual composed in the moment

available, hopeful that patterns will transfer into serviceable action.

B

bable, alternatively, a token to be removed, a souvenir to match an image of the stomach

baby, one turned into a reduction that does nothing but look back

ballet, singing songs of disgust

balloon, begone politicos, before you pass us between the hands

bangle, turned into commodity-beef, all of us wasting away

barley-break, forgetting what it is to be un-captured;

bassa, a page-fold atop a flowerhead, orange saddles

bastard, drinking from long flutes

Bavarian chin, until the neck bloats, clips off the air

bayard, blind, crowding the innards (dirt in a tin)

bedlam, as a cell-bound granule of distemper, underneath the arches

bewray, so far removed, separated from even the opportunity of insurrection

bezoar’s stone, thinking of a resistance-germ somewhere in the lining, a porch polyp

bird, nestling in a bubble

black guard, those downwind of institutions carry their weight, ready to eat

bloody-fallen, when circulation is poor, disenfranchised, staring at the church

bole, as if it were a clod of chewed fat, adorned with extras

bona-roba, streets swooshed with disregard, unable to apportion value beyond the market index

box, venturing numbers corresponding only with faith-tics

brach, guarded by dogs, hunting troupes; crisply folded vested interest

Brachmanni, privilege being the ultimate reality underlying all phenomena

brachygraphy, short for the vengeance we will bring down upon you, land, sea, air and lunar stair

brangling, if you dare quarrel some or resist the strip

brief, when we will outline the crosshairs springing up like stars, pinheads on staves

brise, called-in from beyond the tropics

Brontes, one targetting eye on your sorry state

bull’s feathers, to leave you with a badge to wear

Burbonian planets, a black flag in a sunny region, pressed back into another age

busk-point, trussed against itself in sectors

by-respects, and private ends.

C

calamistrate, what pulls at the hair is such an open malaise

cample, to simply acknowledge disaster in the streets

canvas, without being dismissed immediately as ‘cholic

capcase, targeting the jackals of capital, processes of distribution

capital, from the head down, a trickle stamped at the neck

card, when such poverty of spirit can be traced in leagues

careful, suited to self-preservation

cari, the extraction of oils and tars

carl, ready to bite all manner of hands

caroche, whenever training is not taken up by indigenous forces

cast, and entire strategies are discredited

casting-counters, deaths put into endless uneven tallies

castril, picked at by birds, drawn up concrete sloughs

catholic, desperate for remedial evaporation

caul, before hot colour escapes swollen bags

cautelous, with nervous crowds poking them with sneakers

censure, unsure of the timing of judgment, when

cerotes, their fellow citizens turned to clothed wax

ceruse, white in the sandy run-offs

ceterach, with organs unfurled into showreels

chalastic, bowels exeunt

character, here it is written, pulled outside

chequin, sequins pressed into the earth—

china, start rooting for seepin’ sarsaparilla

chitty, amid your poor returns

choler, and you’ll stay alive with your bile

chuff, irreconcilable to

cicliminus, that forgotten cyclamen shade of living flesh

circumforanean, seen last on that itinerant consumer

civilian, law-abiding all the while

clanacular, behind typologies

cloth, as numerous as pollen points

clothing, and knots in the means of production

coal, subject to pyrolysis of the spirit

cockney-like, exhibiting qualities that are other

cog, in order to press a deal

coll, into the nape with force

collapsed, so everything runs into decay

collogue, smoother than is granted

colly, through thick layers of darkness under the feet:

colone, a labourer standing amidst written fields

colt’s evil, wary of distemper

combust, and being obscured by light— 

come off, he is lined up for recompense

comical, in the form of a gut-buster

commencements, ceremoniously started

commodity, with shareholdings for profit

commons, shoved in with their regular diet

compinged, these stomach gases ferment insurrection

complement, with added flourish

complexion, in a fully recognised constitution

complicate, already addled

composed, yet insistent for that

conceit, as you might imagine

conceited, laughter spoils your face

concent, in the name of democracy

concoct, the acid slowly eats the lining

condite, fat candied and crystalline

conditions, disturbed by the moral fume

confer, out of joint with requisitioned halls

confine, bodies close as fingers in refrigeration trucks

consisting, packed in white leaves, all

constantly, sleeping steadfast now

constellations, a blank from which to cast futures

constringe, as pulled together

contract, woven into paper

controvert, of regional dispute

convented, laid one on top of the other

conversions, we suffer daily revolutions

cony-catching, betrayals and bluffs

cornute, cuckolded and spun

coronet, the crown of a City

corrivate, settled on gathering rivers

corsive, is the seat of caustic power:

cowl-staff, liquid populations slung over its back

crack, crow their ancient patterns

crowned, for militarised sovereigns, then

crucify, free to distress all surrounding lands

cubbed up, and to imprison in banks

curious, amid the particular care of an electorate

curr, dead as fowl with golden eyes

curranto, their commentary depicted as running

cuscuta, when it might be lame

cushion-dance, pirouetting around an object, passed to hand

cut-works, as lands low to high are stitched up.

D

D

Dœdalian, fresh units cut mazes through houses

damnified, piercing walls and membranes

dare, shocking threaded faces on a wire

day-net, captured in a bulb trap

daysman, a move judged without orient

debility, with no planetary cause to still it

deboshed, in its depravity

deducted, slaked and wanting

defecate, a pure conviction

defect, set as the default

dehort, over-force to dissuade

deliquium, to run down a domestic mass

descry, echo-located, night-visioned

detect, rooms revealed point-to-point

detracted, minus your living space

detriment, the sign of your resistance absent

dia-, the panacea of the earth

dictery, closed off in aphorism

dilate, or setting free the blood

dilling, all that is dear-held

diminutives, evaporates

disprove, not allowed to root

distillation, but caught in the lung

dittander, like a wort

diverb, language ill-fitting every tract

divulge, still pressed and distributed

dizzard, to every bloc

dodecatemories, under whatever sign

dorp, or domicile

draught, stinking houses, riddled palaces

dropax, requisitioned with sound

drugger, spiked with trinkets for spoils

dummerer, to play dumb in photographs

dust-worm, with Dictators’ money.

E

E

earth-spine, ornamental gardens of squashed pine

eclegm, form aisles of remedies on the riverbank—

economical, household tinctures from imported specimens

eloge, at the site of televisual addresses, in garden cups

eminent, microphone foam, intractable invasion denials

enarration, coming out in berating slurps, mirrored spectacles, human tongues for epaulets

encyclopœdian, for such propaganda is for a closed circle of ready receivers

end, every piece of the nation fragmented, reclassified as dunes

engine, barreled with a chemically bound package, a timing machine

entreat, lavished upon small-hour suburbs

enula campana, that leak like roots over the fields

epicure, pressing down upon the nature of things

epithyme, parasitic suckers clasp sleeping heads

equant circles, the blast radius superimposed with a gaseous loop

erear, lifting hundreds off, close to thousands

err, pestilential numbers, whosoever seeks to mislead

escape, whatever barbarous fix

ethnics, or uncivilised release

euripe, traces the effects on physiognomy, the depression contained on the map

evirate, stripped clean

exaggerate, and enjoined in heaps

exagitate, disturbances in the soil

exhaust, resort to burning, faced with such numbers:

exolete, continuing to live, an obsolete function

exonerate, these appearances cannot be borne out

exornation, because the details will stick to you

explode, no matter how they cast, or

expostulate, stand up to question—

extent, what pulls away from the object is its shadow

extenuation, that which belittles every claim to presence.

F

F

fabulous, otherwise get carried away

facete, with a quickness of facility, a smirk of ordnance

fact, before accomplishments are preempted

fairybabe, amidst bodies of children, numerous as insect husks

fall, spotted over the rims of drop collars

falling sickness, when assessing the fits on video streams—

familiar, the habits of judgement

fay, expunge themselves

feral, of all appalling visions

fieldone, distributed in the landscape:

finger-fern, spleen vents painted in at near-distance—

fitches, death as common as vetch

flaggy, common thought devastating the earth simply

fleer, by glancing over its cheek

flirt, water over the sides of a vessel

fly out, dispersing

foal-foot, in a recoil

foot, as with every case

foot-clothes, tied to this same earth—

forspoken, no matter how possessed

fortunately, or heavy with possessions

fox, cut in half or doubled

freckons, dotted with youth or age

fucate, disguised or plain viewed

fumadoes, a patient

funge, without intelligence

fustilugs, charged with liquor

fuzzled, or beheaded by doubt.

G

G

galanga, nonetheless, a rooted nerve

genethliacal, seen as a system in the skies

genist, yet more of a profusion swept edge to edge

geniture, in which all future measures are lost

ghost, and therefore do not let go

good cheap, discarding efforts

goosecap, from all but the most silent

Grobian, or the least apt to move

grosses, from those soft in the European markets

gryphes, all fantastical beasts of speculation

guarded, hedged with perforated faces

gubber-tushed, closed over powdery teeth

gymnics, doing their circuits.

Burton I


H

haberdine, saline lumps

hacker, of a tormentor’s fingers

have and hold, take grip

hemrods, haunting the arsehole

hodœporicon, of every step taken

hold, on life’s bitter grasp

homocentric, circling around infinite self-dots

hone, calling for themselves

horoscope, spurious entitlements

horrid, and untamed desires

hot-house, that ought to be drained

husband, or worked from the dust

husbandman, provided with commentary

huswife, from a dirty mouth

hylech, as much as a nominal planet.

BurtonI


I

idle-headed, when illuminated

imbonity, the head doesn’t fit right enough

immund, the thoughts paste themselves onto screens

impassionate, talked up as banalities

impolite, given to false historical understanding

importune, barbarism tucked away neat

impostume, as poison within a latent sac

impress, in which countless captives are sealed:

incend, souls, inflamed

incondite, forever torn from their homes;

incubus, such is this unforgivable age

indefinite, irrevocably

indifferent, held in common suffering

indulge to, either passed through a horn

Indy bone, or caught in ivory

inescate, what is accursed lies everywhere

inform, ready to fathom us

ingeminate, to force us to repeat

ingenite, everything birthed

insensible, as written across cells

insist, in a dwelling place

insuavity, locked in the dreadful body—

insult, that which always revolts us

intempestive, stands as an outsider to time—

intend, where the attention is fixed

intensive, upon a body-less speculation

intention, that deepens

intentive, to develop a force of will

interrupt, liable to corrupt

intricable, entangle itself

irrefragable, before claiming permanence.

BurtonJ

J

jack, to slip amongst thorns, enemies

jet, with a loaded walk

Jovial, bounced by the State

jument, trussed like a mule

just, is the only response.

Burton K

K

keelpins, the mobs and masses cave in

keep up, having absorbed passivity

kell, either hooded or not,

kill up, to drop the dope through the trap, to wait

knights of the post, for the menial witnesses to go viral.

Burton L


L

labdanum, a perfumed resin around the mouth

lamia, death ceaseless, so too the appetite for blood

landleaper, vagrant hope possessed of such vanity

lapis Armenus, small coinage furring up the hands

laplolly, turning firm soil to oil marsh

lask, bile-sweet paste from the guts

lave-eared, hunker down for the noise

lee, of potassium hydroxide cylinders

let, falling end-over-end

libertine, lawless, this grace

lie down, lines your box

likely, upon your come-likely demise

limbec, condensed into a receiver

litargy, coloured by oxide and silver stone

litigious, spent of raw crime

livor, malignantly pitched

long square, along the dimensions of bodies

lurch, creased in limb bags

lusorious, according to lots.

BurtonM


M

macerate, forced to monitor this

made, surrogate for a condition

magistery, with all living creatures mastered

magistral, entered into special measures

make away, to be slaughtered in numbers

mala insana, demented seeds kept in flesh

maleficiate, madly spinning out

mancipate, to be planted as spoils

many, orgies of larval bodies

mard, swilling the shit

marish, a full world clouded over

maukin, except a lone figure standing

Medicean stars, orbited and scarred

mediocrity, positioned as a centre

mends, looking to amend

mere, a field ceaselessly open

meskite, already sheared from worship

metoscopy, mud lines across a moon

minion, for an ancient mark-up

misconster, mistaken in charts

mithridate, even as a pause against horror

Mogor, statues hooded in the desert

moldiwarp, countless others buried around them

moll, ringed by pulleys, ankle snappers

momentany, regimes folded like steel roll

monocerot, turned into colourless myth

monomachy, such a beast caught by hand

moorish, sunken into the earth

mope, as a wild bearded cave-dweller

mormoluches, a devil having swallowed his suit

morphew, his eyes chewed by dust

mother, hysteric for barrel-mounted flashbulbs

motion, pulled out of a rat hole hat

mummia, bandaged by entitlement already

muscadine, the seep of presidential liquor

muse, pulled through a gap

mushato, a leader’s moustache lost to view.

BurtonN

N

nœnia, come on, a drone, we all feel remote

nœves, assigned from the beginning, deployed from distance

naughtiness, ACFT RNG ELV ARM

naughty, operating above the veil, undervalued

nectarine, atmospheric persica fuzz

neoteric, slavering techno-deserts advancing ahead

nodule, with a sacked panacea

noise, drummed into the sand.

BurtonO

O

oaf, a consumer deformed

object, lest they be seen

oblige, to become dependent upon

obnubilate, what is kept away from them

obtrectation, down the well of spectacle

occur, whether or not this has any remedy

occurse, or possibility of collective purpose

ocyme, beyond a flavour of placation

oilet-holes, wholly seen through, transparent

opinative, even dissent claims ownership of the streets

opiparous, fattened crowds emerging into open areas

oppunger, vulnerable to snipers

orbities, pinpoint erasures

origan, shipping victims to green fields

otacousticon, instead of city spaces amplifying screams

ouch, a street layout grips the public throat

outside, for what the net shows

overseen, comes apart as false.

BurtonP

P

painful, labour is made to strike

paint out, or redact the contracted form

pantofle, of assumed comfort

parable, so easily bought

parœnetical, or convinced as such

parietines, from capriccio outskirts

particular, of the ruinous self

partile, all its charts complete

passenger, no stranger is warmed at the border

peckled, flecked with human qualities

peculiar, only in those accountable cases

period, summed against domestic productivity

personate, by soap sheathed leaders

perspective, vanished in a rushing point

perstringe, dazzling with curses

philosopher’s game, moved across the board

pickitivant, labelled as hirsute

pickthank, thereby not to be trusted

pigsney, with any open gesture

pill, stolen from old civilisation

pina, difficult to grasp as sweet

pistick nuts, sickly green under the meat

pittivanted, and the duplicitous beard

plashed, in which plots are woven

plunged, to the bafflement of all

points, concerned with methods of surveillance

poke, contained in swellings

politicians, measured in inches

poll, according to what’s stolen

polyanthean, rote as soundbyte

polygraphy, decoded only for those known

pontifical, to be kept under starched clothing

poor-john, similar to flesh

popular, whatever is engineered

portuous, by any little-read book

positively, that which is surrendered to orthodoxy

powdered, made to endure with salt

precise, on the assumption of pure thoughts

presently, attained instantly

press, or inflicted by others

pretend, all the while alleging

preteriton, those that will be condemned

prevent, can expect to, wait for

prick, a rod pointer

print, in, deliberately applied

prize, as a serial assertion

probable, of what can be proposed as

procession, a petition of the people

produce, lengthening

promissors, every portent of everyday life

propend, sagging with the weight

propugner, of resistance

prosecute, everything that follows

prospective, glimpsing some landscape

prune, to be prettified

pullen, domesticated

purly-hunter, within privately named domains

purposes, thrown into contradiction

put case, supposed in advance

put down, a state of ruin declared

put to, accelerated

put up, accepted

putid, utterly without meaning

pythonissa, split on the tongue


Q

quit, give over

 

R

rabato,

rack,

ramshead,

range,

rascetta,

redshanks,

refel,

regiment,

rejourn,

remit,

rent,

respect,

respective,

respectless,

rhododaphne,

rivel,

roaring-meg,

Rosy-cross men,

round,

rude,

rumney,

rustics,

S

sallet,

salvatella,

sanded,

sanders,

Saturnine,

satyricon,

scald,

scale,

scamble.

scant,

schede,

scolopendria,

scordium,

scrat,

secure,

selenites,

sensible,

serjeant,

serves,

setting-stick,

shadow,

shut up,

significator,

site,

skill of,

sleeveless,

smell-feast,

snite,

Sophy,

spagirically,

speculation,

spike,

spital,

stale,

stand to,

stare,

steganography,

stern,

stick-free,

stigmatize,

still,

stœchas,

stramineous,

stupend,

stut,

submiss,

substance,

suffite,

superparticular,


T

table,

tables,

take place,

tassel,

temperature,

temptestively,

tender,

tenet,

tenter-bellies,

terms,

terriculaments,

terse,

testor,

tetric,

theologaster,

thistlewarp,

tire,

tit,

tobacconist,

topic,

torlachers,

treacle,

trencher-chaplain,

trenchmore,

trivant,

trivial,

trunks,

tulipant,

turbith,

tympany,


U

uncivil,

unguentum armarium,

union,

upright shoe,

urchin,


V

vastity,

Vatinian,

vegetal,

velitation,

venditate,

veneres,

vent,

village,

voluntary,


W

walk,

want,

wasters,

watchet,

wearish,

weel,

wesel,

wether’s head,

whenas,

whether,

winch,

wistly,

withy-wind,

wolf,

woolward,

wreeks,

writhen,
Y

yellow,