Saturday, April 22, 2017

Special Offer!


Free ebook!

Starting Saturday April 22 for FIVE DAYS ONLY (Amazon time) you can get a free Kindle download of my latest chapbook, Settles Tab, Enters Scrum.  After that the price reverts to 99 cents but I will also post a free PDF on my website:  www.randystark.com






















Saturday, April 15, 2017

Chapters 10 and 11

Chapter 10:  The Cunning Little Linguist

IF WORDS TOOK OFF FOR THE SEASON

Sound would be clip art.


SAID THE CUNNING LITTLE LINGUIST

Enshowered.
Exfoliatively so.


I HAD JUST GOTTEN SOBER

So it was 5 years ago.


REALITY

Super silky.
Super soft.


THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Hey go with it dude.


LATE GETTING HOME FROM WORK

Schemata No.8-21.


BLURB

A terrific sort of
Debut
If you like
In a sense
To me.


I KIND OF WENT HUH?

It’s just the one page.


HE CALLED IT A PLEASURE AND A HALF

He asked me if I knew anybody.


THREE PAGES

Edited down to one.
Which was blank.


IT’S AMAZING

And so.


WELL I DID IT

But I don't know.


Chapter 11:  The Chambray Shirt

RAIN TRAFFIC

Bassinets of spray.


REST STOP

Hauled millions of washers and dryers over the years.


MATTRESS BONFIRES CRASH A DESERT NIGHT

It brings a lot of things to your head.
Hell I don’t owe frickin’ nobody nothing.


SO YEAH OK AS I SIT HERE

Remembering back in the day
New Mexico.


THE WALK TO THE MECHANICAL GARDEN

Tswee tswee tswee.
Snicksnick.
Whistle, peep.
Tseep tseep tseep.


THE CHAMBRAY SHIRT

It gives me mixed feelings.




Saturday, April 8, 2017

Butterfly Canyon

TENNIS IN DUBAI

I can’t even touch the ball
Without it going out.
Erghrgh.


A YEAR

At least a year.


CROATIAN CULTURAL WORKERS

Celebrity lookalikes.


MOBY-DICK THE BIRD

It’ll make you tingle.


TWO PEOPLE

One works for the Peanut Council.


FARM 1915

Donkey.
Two horses.
Junk in the yard.


ADORERS

Like knives to sheep.


NAKED GARDENING

Got your mind right, Adam?
Got your mind right, Eve?


MY BABY

She left me.


SCYTHE

If I’d’ve had one
I’d’ve been unable to wield it.


WRAPAROUND

Five people five days a week for five weeks.


TURKEY BREAST

Premium shaved.
Oven roasted.


PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS

Within minutes.


TRAFFIC FINES

Doubled in
Construction zones.


GUILTY CONSCIENCE

Carrying a plastic bag filled with dog shit.


GUSTY WINDS

Ahead.


ALASKA

Very.
Uh.
Outdoorsy.


THE CATHOLIC RELIGION

Which I am.


BUTTERFLY CANYON

White utility truck.
Ladder racks and built-in sideboxes.


TIME

The Devil’s footprint.
That bitch Lucifer.


PHOTONS

Throw them in your salad.


MODERN LANGUAGE

Prefix = work.
Suffix = beach.


LICHEN GROWING ON ROCK

Scatter plot of happiness.


POST COLONIAL AND QUEER THEORY

A fair amount.


STALL #480

Sundials.
Censers.
Sconces.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Thane of Valle Vista

HUMMINGBIRD BREWERY

Growlers and squealers.
Swedish meatballs.


I WAS THINKING

You might want to take a run out there with me.


I LIKE BEING STUPID

Flapping my gums
About fucking nothing.


A WHOLE SORT OF

Sequences and definitions in the original tongues.
Management reserves all rights.
The coincidences are not coincidental.
Type thing.


RANDY STARK

Returns to his seed and nut house upbringing.


HIT UNLIMITED SKIPS

I was raised in a commune.
A sect dedicated to unfinished business.


I’M GOING LIKE THIS BECAUSE

That’s the way it’s shaped.


THANE OF VALLE VISTA

Working on a ten-ton couplet.
A happiness manual.
Surrealism in an indoor hammock.
A concordance of minstrels and danseurs.
Shapes and colors I’ve come to trust.
Birdsong as navigatory delight.
Sales and marketing in battle rattle.
Solar powered lubricants.
Say hello to sunset and tangerine.
Love just walloped me.
Her grace rocking leathers.
Dividing the waters from the subatomic rugby.


SHE WAS ELECTRA AND SALOME

And one of the amazing Brunhildas of our time.


HOW YA DOIN’ BABY?

You look kind of pale.
I hear it rained hard the last day of the fair.


WAITING FOR THE PROVENANCE TO BE VERIFIED

In my complete lobo-ness, lobo-ocity,
A crisp visage,
But a heart of Kevlar,
Unaccommodating to
Young and gorgeous experimenters,
Stopping not at singularity,
Exploding beyond,
Like wild salmon,
Cans and cans and
Cans of wild salmon
At the food bank.


ULTRA METAPHYSICS

Where why who what how.
The fuck.


THEY HAD LIKE A MODEL

Sleek lines.
Organic textures.
Warm wood accents.
High-tech touches.


DO YOU LOVE ME?

Yes.
No.
(Check one.)


DO YOU LOVE ME?

Head on.
Rear end.
T-bone.
(Check one.)


GOING GREAT

Already been a year.


AND YOU KNOW AND DAMN

This stuff is chingón.


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Today at Habitat for Habitués, a Local Hangout


CAN I TELL YOU SOMETHING?

This is incredible.


I LOVE THEM GUYS

They’re out of Europe somewhere.


I THOUGHT YOU KNOW WHAT

I’ve always wondered.


I’M LIKE YEAH

That’s what I did.


WELL THE ONE GUY

It turns out.


WELL I SUPPOSE

Oh I’m sure.


I’VE ALWAYS SAID

And look how it’s.


THEY GO BEYOND

They never stop.


WE SAID THIS WAS MAYBE

And we were just sort of you know.


ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE

OK so.


SOMETHING HAPPENED

I don’t know what.


THAT’S EXACTLY WHY

Right there.


NOT AS MUCH

As you might think.


THERE’S NO

Wait yes.


ME AND MY WIFE

We just sat there.


IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT

I mean.


RIGHT SO YEAH

I don’t know.


IF EVER THERE WAS

This is that.


WHICH IS FINE

But uh.


NOT AS MUCH

As you might think.


IT MAKES ME WANT TO GET ONE

Just to have it.


AND THEY’LL BE ADDING CAMPUSES

In Tokyo, Cairo, and Mumbai.
But don’t say anything yet.



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cocktails on the Verandah: Vetting the Mystically Inclined

JOY RODE

And put away whetted.


THIS COULD BE YOU

Tell your doctor.


BIRDY BIRDY YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE ME

I just dropped something for you birdy birdy.


GET IN THERE

Right now.


I MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN

I’ve been the West Coast guy for the past what?


ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO SEE YOUR WORK RECOGNIZED

My whole being is involved.


IT’S HOW I’M BUILT

It's who I am.


TWO DARK-EYED FEMALE JUNCOS ALIT IN FRONT OF ME

Hi ladies.


I WAS MAKING REAL GOOD TIME

So I’m like OK.


NO HEAR ME OUT

OK so.


I THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING

A 24-footer.


ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

Growing up.


I MEAN REALISTICALLY

I have shitloads of work.


WHATCHA GOT BABY?

And that?


BECAUSE I MEAN

At this point in our careers.


LOOK

French-Japanese cuisine.
Is that new?


FUCKERS KNOW HOW TO BRAND

I give them that.


YOU DON’T JUST ORDER

You explore the selections.


IN MY HEAD I’M LIKE

Yeah yeah of course.


NO NO NO

Yes go.


LIKE I TOLD HIM

It’s good luck, right?


AND MAKE IT VERY CLEAR

Once you start.


NO I KNOW

But it adds up.


YEAH NO EXACTLY

Everybody.


I FEEL COMPRISED OF FLIGHT

For some reason.





Saturday, March 11, 2017

Chapters 6 through 9: Big Reality

Fearlessness, humor, detachment, is power 
-----Gary Snyder



Chapter 6

THAT’S THE END

Not the beginning.
See the problem?


CAUTION

Sequence stops and backs frequently.


ME, MY OTHER BOAT

But you weren’t in that boat.
I was just I.
It was a little nineteen footer.


THE CONCERTMASTER’S TRAMPOLINE

Panga, proa or canoe.
Trucks, boards, bungee cords.
Top fuel, funny car, pro stock,
Tae kwon do, taxes, nails.
Fingers, fins, infinity.
Gloves, handles, blades.
Pears, plums, apples.
A dozen roses, a pair of tickets, a million skiable acres.
An A-list firecracker, rear dual wheels, but she never answers.


I LIKE THE OPEN BOW

The grandkids.


SEALS EMERGED FROM THE OCEAN AND BECAME

Humans trained to play volleyball.


WHAT?

They're returning their bikes.


Chapter 7

SERENITY

A steady smattering.
First meltwaters of spring.
Polite applause.


INTERPRETIVE AREA

Telltale tih tih hehs.


DAY OF THE FINE TOOTHED COMB

Splendor and elegance.


MICROSCOPY

A copse asway of lava lamps


FROM GLASGOW

Now in Bolivia.


AH SHE’S BEAUTIFUL

Yeah.


ALL THE PRETTY SPECIAL ASSISTANTS

Sparkling and spectacular.


WE’LL BE OVER THERE

Probably about 9:30.
Quarter to 10.


Chapter 8

PIMPING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Entree with three sides.


DOGS WEARING SUNGLASSES

Oh that's funny.


AUDITIONS FOR THE EIFFEL TOWER

Being held after school.


CAN’T LOCATE YOUR CRITIQUE?

Let us help.


MAGIC 8 BALL SAYS

In a world where
Vipers crave tuna
And vases have zippers
And jumbo peanuts ski into turnbuckles
You’ve got to change your evil ways, baby.


BLAMETH NOT ANOTHER’S LUTE

For thine ownst foule stinke.


SETTING MY SIGHTS ON

Up, down and strange.


O THOU THING!

The word on the street.


Chapter 9

DOES HE HATE IT?

Is it too edgy?

AND I UNDERSTAND

And I said.

I THINK IF YOU THOUGHT

I don't even think.
I know.

YOU HAVE TO CELEBRATE THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE YOU

Even if they really don’t.

AND IT

You know.

THE REAL THING THOUGH IS

Fatty acids.


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