Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Millionaire in Little Wealths

TAKING MY TEN

Until the first of the year as far as new sequences, but I expect a new book to drop in time for the holidays.


METAPHOR COCKTAIL

Two and a half months of mixing metaphors on the wrong side of the creek, retro rockets have been fired. Reentry has been effectuated. Thursday and Sunday posts will be well-intended if not actually posted, and for the remainder of the year all content will be random. Reentry in fact began at a laundromat in Old Town a couple of weeks ago.  I realized that in my time here I have become, like Emily D. myself a millionaire/in little wealths. The gig included a period of time when Friday nights are synonymous with high school football, and Eleanor celebrated her 99th birthday and the party was terrific, and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, and Donald Trump was elected president of the USA. I dined with beautiful women and their daughters and husbands, I reacquainted myself with former coworkers who became friends and the wonderful people one encounters in the day to day, such as at Spudnuts or Domingo’s or the County of Santa Barbara. It was intense in some cases, and what a coincidence that I was here in this area, a convergence that seemed preordained. I posted to meet my contractual obligations. I made my nut, and I’m ready once again to move on. I’m not the only one in reentry here, at this locale, clearly, and the gig has carried me that much closer to death; Eliot: Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”/Let us go and make our visit.


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Last Ups (a coda)

I only as far as gratitude & awe
confidently & absolutely go. 
                        ---John Berryman.


SO I GET THERE

150 percent nutcase.
IQ of motel TV.


HE’S KIND OF GRRRR

She's la la la.


PORTERS OF BLING

Schwag caballeros.


HE DID NOT TELL ME THAT HE HAD HIV

I’m super scared.


OH SO YOU

But like I mean.
Which I.
Or maybe not.


IT WOULD KILL HIM IF SHE LEFT

That’s why she wants to.


OPERATIONS MANAGER?

Why in the world.


I TALKED TO ONE GUY

And he said yeah.


I’VE GOT AMMO

Save you a trip.


SHE GOES

I’m gone.


THE NEW ABNORMAL

Stoked, but sweating bullets.


SO BEFORE THE FOOD ARRIVED

He shot her.


AND YOU KNOW WHAT’S CRAZY?

I’ll tell you what else I saw.


IN THE HEART OF OLD TOWN

“No massage parking.”


TONNA BRIX WRECKING

“We demolish the world.”


OUR BAD

“We take the blame for you.”


SEPARATE BATHROOMS

One for Latinos, the other for Jews.


NO NOT TODAY

But recently.


SLIPKNOTS IN THE QUEST

For premium vertical urbanity.


FALLEN VICTORS

The theory of next.


LOW BOYS

Carved knees.
Claw and ball feet.
Ankles with parole monitors.


LIFE

Is not
No mess.


SO I’VE KIND OF COME TO THE CONCLUSION IN MY MIND

Because I mean heck.


WE DANCED AT THE HOUSE OF BURGESSES

Remember?




Saturday, November 12, 2016

Midnight Lightning

THIS WEEKEND?

Like originally?


WELL THAT’S WHAT I MEAN

I’m not really overweight per se.


THE THIRD WOOL TUNIC

He has maybe been.
You know.
Observed in.


I’M SUPER BEHIND

On my sleeping.


THE CRUMBLE

I just think it doesn’t go with the dish.


BULLS AT HEAT

Hey.


I TOLD HIM I SAID

There’s not much of a maybe.


SUNDAY EVENING SERVICE

Valley Baptist Towing and Recovery.


YOU WOULD BE JUST LIKE

Oh my god.


NO HONESTLY

It’s America’s #1 Versatile Stain Remover.


I WANT YOU BABY

I need you baby.
I love you baby.


I WAS SOMEWHERE THE OTHER DAY

I can’t even remember where.


DID RIMBAUD HAVE THIS PROBLEM?

How ‘bout Baudelaire?


SHE ANNOUNCED ON AIR

That she and her husband are
Real human people.


I FEEL OVERALL I’M STILL LIKE

Just kind of opting out.


IDLED MINES

Scattered fighting.


WELL WAIT

My purse is in there.


ALL LOCAL ELECTIONS

Should be loser leaves town.


I’M SURPRISED WE’RE STILL MARRIED

He hates my perfume, my hair spray, my lotion.


WILL DANCE FOR UNLIMITED DATA

I can totally do it.


I THINK HE’S A

Chihuahua terrier.


ALL I KNOW

Is unattended clothes will be removed.


YEAH?

A Chihuahua terrier?


FREE CLEANING AND EXAM

Gift horses excluded.


QUALITY SERVICE AND SELECTION

Why get radicalized anywhere else?


HEY SO

Have you thought about um.


SOMETHING LIKE THAT

Jesus crying fuck.


BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS

I’ll be in Twentynine Palms.





Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Fake Reverse


METAPHYSICAL COWPOKE OUT PAST CURFEW

Liftgates.
Leather.
And a scone for pain and suffering.


SO NOW

Now.


INTERNATIONALLY UNKNOWN AND TOTALLY UNRECOGNIZED

As I constantly have to remind myself.


REFUGEE SANS PORTFOLIO

No pantoum, no sestina, no villanelle.


I JUST SIMPLY TAKE AND I

Magnify the welds.


BUT THE ONLY THING IS THAT

That’s right.
That’s right.
That’s right.


NO DISGUISE NECESSARY

If you’re already not yourself.


TERMITES ATE MY CONSCIENCE

It’s raining moist towelettes.


SHE SENT A WRITTEN THING THAT SAID

No buttons.


MUCHLY THROUGH A WINTER’S NIGHT

That chick Coral from back in the day.


ALWAYS LOSING HER PHONE

But always sort of getting it back.


AND CAN ACCESS THE SWISS POST OFFICE

From the third base side of the rubber.


I SAID I’LL NEVER DO THIS SHIT AGAIN EVER

But I did.


AND NOT ANOTHER IT JUST RANG AND RANG

Simply call the number on your screen.


NOW YOU CAN GET THAT THING YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED

And save big.


WATCH ALL YOUR LIVE CHANNELS

Lock in your price.


TELL YOUR DOCTOR

Now’s your chance at completely clear skin.


OLD HABITS MUST DIE

Everything must go.


IT’S CALLED

I forget what it’s called.


A REVERSE

A fake reverse.
Some kind of deception.


I’M ALL LIKE THIS

What?


THEY DON’T COME

And they don’t come.
And they don’t come.
And then all of a sudden they’re here.


ICED GRANDE

Fifth person surfs for free!


IN ALL THE DELIGHT A MIND

Turns up missing.


ACTUALLY

You know what?


ACTUALLY NO

They watched the video.
It wasn’t even him.





Saturday, November 5, 2016

An Earful


WELL YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED

Yeah but uh no.


THIS IS WHAT IT TAKES FOR SOMEBODY TO BE

I don’t know.


I ASKED HER

I said let’s face it.


IT IS KIND OF LIKE VERY

You know.
I mean.


HE TOLD ME THE SAME THING

That’s so funny.


I SAID WHAT DID I SAY

Then he was all when I was operations manager.


WHAT YOU DO IS YOU

I mean look.


SHE WAS ULTRA VISUAL

Super up close.


WHAT THEY DID WAS THEY

Right?


SO I THOUGHT

Oh my goodness.


ONE PERSON’S EXPIRED

Two days prior.


THAT’S WHAT I’M SAYING

Yeah so yeah.


I’M SORRY

How much?


I WHITED IT OUT

No hey.


YES HE DID

I don’t care what anybody says.


WHICH ONE IS THIS?

Oh the kind of stocky one.


I'M JUST FEELING LIKE

That makes a lot more sense.


WHAT THEY DID WAS THEY

This was a long time ago.


YES SO ANYWAY

I don’t know.


EVEN THOUGH IT SORT OF FAILED

It was kind of a success, too.


SO I TAKE ONE

I take another one.


IT'S KIND OF INTERESTING

I know that she knows.


LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION

I mean.


WELL THAT’S LIKE ME

So what I need to do is.


I DON'T KNOW WHY SHE UH

It's not about her.


OR SOMETHING

Right.


THE OTHER THING TOO IS

When your go-to people are gone.


YOU KNOW WHAT PROBABLY

That’s just like.


BUT UH

I don’t know.
I'm hoping.


HOW DO

What’s.


WE'RE ALL ON OUR OWN

Around here anymore.

 

 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Drizzlelalia in the Zoom-Zoom


THE PLAN

These will come out.
These will go forward.
These will go this way.
These will go that way.


LINT

You should have seen the laundry room.
It looked like somebody shaved a sheep.


THE JOURNEY THAT WILL STAY WITH YOU FOREVER

But you have to pass all the modules.


JUST LIKE OUT OF MY MIND

Got into a lip-sync battle with my optician at the 99 cent store.


WHEN DUSK HITS THE VERANDA

Shepherds dance.


THE THING ABOUT OPTICIANS

They give as good as they get.


LAMB ON DECK

A knowing gaze.


FADE DEFYING

A million brands in a zillion countries.


NUCLEAR HORSEPLAY

One performance only.


THE WOODS

Strangely enough.
No harsh rubbing.


YOU PICK

The material, color and style!


SIX PIECES

Four big rigs, an RV, and a tour bus.


FIRST RESPONSE

Fried chicken.


DREAM VACATION

Doctor formulated.


MESA, BUTTE, GRASS VALLEY

Parking lots.


HEARTFELT PLEA

Shut off switch.


SLAB CITY

Next town over.


CRAZY REMORSE

Close all tabs.


PRAYER BOX

You put like a little prayer in there.


AND UH

Yeah.


OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS

Close door.
Do not slam.
Push in to lock.


ONLY THREE

Left at this price.


PRESS

Nevermore.


THE RAINBOW OF HUMAN DEPRAVITY

That’s next time.


AVAILABLE IN

Sorghum, soy, or crushed walnut.


DRIZZLELALIA IN THE ZOOM-ZOOM

We’ll see you then.

 



Saturday, October 29, 2016

Shaping in the 805

THEM, TAVIS SMILEY, AND CERTAIN MOMENTS IN ADULT SWIM

I am way behind on my reading. Aside from work related materials, emails, memos, handbooks, etc., I’ve not done much other reading during the two months I’ve been on this gig. Oh the La Opinion here, Le Pariesien compliments of Sue there, but the room has a nice big screen, and when in Rome. The Kardashian show is one of the best things on TV, comedy, reality, drama. I can’t say enough good about it. They should be running for president. There’s a fairly recent episode built around Khloe’s birthday party that is just so amazing and profound. And the newest episodes are stupid. They are ill. So it’s them, Tavis Smiley and certain moments in Adult Swim. Otherwise the fare is vacuum cleaners at 5 a.m., or deep dives into heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach and poison frogs and spiders, adults talking like adult 7th graders, talking about moving the chains with a flick of their electric wrists, or patio cover packages, or hey the sell-a-thon is on. There’s amazing architecture in Versailles, and Stephen Hawking adores Jaguars.


A TRUTH AS I KNOW IT

You have to stay clean for the zoo; if you’re not clean, you’re not going.


CREATING DEPENDENT POPULATIONS

Smoking like someone had sold his life out from under him, using the top of trash container as a table for scratching lottery tickets in front of 7-Eleven and his coffee.


MY MOTTO

I paid my Obamacare premium today, and I submitted some reports per my contract, and while stuck in traffic turned on the radio and listened to Sergei Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony (symphony numero uno) played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Andre Previn but I was at the beach in time to watch the sunset. I brought my blue cloth bag to the supermarket and toted back a bottle of wine and a package of turkey sliders. The wine is for the writing tonight and the turkey sliders are to help arrest the carnage and procure me some sleep later. Hey, it worked a couple of weeks ago. And it worked the night before last. My motto: Stick with a proven winner.


AMERICA

“We’re great because we’re good.” Hillary Clinton

I sing of wine and turkey sliders, not to mention “The Complicated Pain of America’s Queer Muslims” after all pornography (porno-porn-xxx) isn’t the top three internet search terms because there’s no market. Certain neighborhoods, sometimes entire towns, are disintegrating as the digital revolution runs its course. The ethanol plant closed, the Coca-Cola bottler closed, but porno-porn-xxx is till the top one two and three. Even the hospital shut its doors two years ago, but every bed on every floor has been occupied ever since, bikers riding through the corridors using the service elevators to go floor to floor. Shunted into our minimum wage warrens, we cannot imagine the tensile strength and the ferocity of the avarice and pressure among the elite wealthy special interest tax grabbing lava lamp gooey duck tumble dry liberals to hang on to the wealth and privilege they possess, which is why swords will never be beaten into plowshares no matter how eloquently and passionately they say otherwise. But our brains become a habitat for habitu├ęs and we fall for the fulsome sentiments espoused by our favorite celebrities interfacing with the moments that matter because if we didn’t we wouldn’t have a date for prom, and nobody wants to sit home alone. Gertrude Stein warned: “The Saturday evening which is Sunday is every week day.” Perhaps deep down we feel that the rich are better than we are, but our itty bitty minds conjure a magical thinking extravaganza aided and abetted and thrilled by the news that there’s a chance to win prizes. Drug addicts, sex slaves, self-mutilators, construction workers, truck drivers, politicians, movie stars—we are all invasive species. A decent bottle of wine is the only difference one way or the other. But I’ve always wondered what the neighbors across the alley think of the symbolism of the unrelenting parade of nurses carrying dead possums out to the trash bins.  


SHAPING IN THE 805

To write like a shaper designs a surfboard is my goal. I’m on a temporary work visa in this carpenter shop town on the central coast where shapers shape the boards they want to ride same as I write the words I want to read and hear.


THE REASONS IS

Office sofa dream state while doing statistical report, which is why you are told everything’s fine and you agree because you’re practically on the street but hey. Motel. Go to the beach walk into town couple of drinks and funny conversations at a bar, salad to go, more wine in the room, some writing and watching TV. Rel peepul, not acotrs.


BISON JAW COUNTY

Scrapped tires of various dimensions tat the edges of the blue tarps that cover the rusting reapers and mothballed hellfire missiles and use-by date expired laser-guided bombs. The yard also holds, in various states of disrepair and oxidation, junked cars and trailers and camper shells and kayaks and backboards and trampolines. Grandma is in the kitchen, clinking and stirring her coffee. The kids are already podcasting from their tree house. Out by the highway, the light is thick as amber by the panopticon of mail slots where there’s a human being slumped over in wheelchair, probably a mother, and her son is talking to her. They’re waiting for Dial-A-Ride.


FOOD DAY

The highest ranking official in attendance was the director of public health. The county supervisor for that district sent two representatives. Nobody from the city was there. There were nonprofits and organic farmers, and we watched preschool kids eat healthy snacks and dance.  Arthur Schopenhauer in his Studies in Pessimism nails it: “Each of us pays the penalty of existence in his own peculiar way.”


ELEVATION 7 FEET

Although the gig is in the metroplex, I got lucky and found a place to stay that satisfies my desire for tranquility. Although it is near the beach there is no pier or wharf, no promenade, boardwalk or esplanade, and the waves break too gently and too close to shore for surfing. I’ll miss the sunsets and the trains: the Coast Starlight nearing its final destination of Los Angeles, having departed Seattle the day before; the Pacific Surfliner going to and fro between San Diego and San Luis Obispo; and, to add gravitas, freight trains, tagged and working hard.


NUTRITION

I’m eating crazy; not as unhealthy as it could be, but certainly more for comfort; too much of a semi-good thing is no better than too much of a good thing, and doesn’t equal health. One fried egg and a pork chop for brunch, an apple and a chocolate chip scone for a snack and wine and turkey sliders for dinner. Am I drinking enough water?


YELP REVIEW: GOOD NITE INN, CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA

No Kardashians but otherwise excellent. Could use a few more international non-English language channels on TV to represent the area. There’s a decent Starbucks that’s walkable.  No Kardashians there, either, but lots of law enforcement. I feel better at least knowing the Kardashians are safer than in Paris.