Thursday, August 25, 2016

Every Time Irregistible!


A CLUSTER OF HOMES

A bar and some stores.


MY ASS IS HERE

Because that’s as far as I drug it.


IT WAS DARK

I ordered a beer.


THE BIG SHOW

It’s always spectacular.


I KNOW RIGHT?

Highly photogenic.
Clickety-clackety.


AS EVERYONE KNOWS

My Twitter was hacked.


WHEN YOU TALK TO NUTRITIONISTS

They’ll tell you.


GOLD TAKING A BEATING

Oil unchanged.


CAN EVERYONE FOLLOW ME

On my new Twitter?


MAKING THE CASE THAT HEY

Nothing happens that wasn’t going to happen anyway.


IT IS NEW AND UNIQUE

But surprisingly it is perfect.


SOME OF MY FAVORITE WORDS

Sure.
Yeah.
Of course.
No worries.


FOOTAGE NEVER BEFORE SEEN

Futurists may want to look away.


UX

You had it coming.


BITE THIS SPICY PATTY

You taste buds will very swell.


EVERY TIME IRREGISTIBLE!

And is make my day satisfyingly.


FOR THE MOST PART

That’s almost 100 percent accurate.


GUESS WHO I SAW LAST NIGHT

It was so funny.


I KNOW

Isn’t it crazy?


SHE IS A SHUT DOWN GIRL

You piss her off?
Don’t expect nothing
From her.


SHE IS

She is so precious.


AND WHEN I REALLY STOP?

And I really think about it?
That’s all I want.




Saturday, August 20, 2016

Deerdonkeys


THIS GOES ALONG WITH WHAT I SAID EARLIER

I mean.


SO MANY WAYS TO WIN

And it’s a bully-free environment.


THE WORLD’S LARGEST

Plus more of what you want.


WHEN YOU’RE ME

The further out, the better.


SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES

I just think wow.


I COULD SHOW YOU PLACES

The long-awaited.


OHMYGOD

It is.


AND NOW NEWS OUT OF CENTRAL ASIA

Deerdonkeys!


OH MAN

Hey so.


THE PEOPLE ARE THE MOST

Incredible people.


SHE JUST SUPER FEELS THAT UH

And I have to agree.


START AT 7 SAY

I don’t own the mountains.


I’VE GOT TONS OF STORIES

I had a cousin once.


HOW TO FLYLINE A LIVE SARDINE

Catches my attention.


IMPRESSED THE DAYLIGHTS OUT OF ME

I’ll be honest.


FRENCH FOR FLOOD THE ZONE

Yeah no it’s absolutely true.


THERE’S A CERTAIN THINK TANKINESS

On approved credit.


BODIES THAT

Code for yes.


YOU HAVE TO GO 100 PERCENT

Otherwise it’s just.


DOG

Does tricks.


ORANGE CHICKEN

Rent to own.


OK SAY FOR EXAMPLE

Sexy Indian housewives.


IT HAS THE YEAH

The sense of space.


IT’S ALL PART OF YOUR MONTHLY PLAN

An extra hundred dollars off.


OR SOMETHING

You can imagine the rest.


A GREAT ILLUSTRATION OF JUST WHAT

I don’t know what.


WHENEVER I AM ASKED MY ANSWER IS ALWAYS

It survives through the stomach’s harsh environment.


YEAH SO YEAH

That sounds good.


ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS

Only to qualified.


BE THE FIRST

Act now and get.


TOTALLY FLEXIBLE

You don’t have to quit your job.


A KIND OF TIED UP IN A NEAT LITTLE BOW THING

I love that.


TWO YEARS OF COMPLIMENTARY

No coupon needed.


PHONE LINES ARE OPEN

Make that cash call.




Thursday, August 18, 2016

Discover Asian Love


IT’S IMPORTANT TO TELL EVERYBODY

What’s going on.


BROCCOLI AND BEEF

Unlimited talk and text.


MOTOR HOME

Highway papoose.


ACCENT PILLOWS

Will explode on contact.


FALLEN ANGELS

Flapping like mackerel on the pier.


TENDER STEAKS

Cannot be combined with any other offer.


CELEBRATION OF LIFE

Pending.


MARINA

Del Rayo-X.
Pleasure craft.
Crème filled pies.


WARBLERS

Entering our airspace.
Watch for yellow rumps.


DAMASCUS SALON

Aquí hay tiene
Syrian curls!


SPECIAL NOTICE

Darlene W. is hereby
Serving notice to
Jerrold W. for a divorce.


KOI

Oh yeah koi.
I love koi.


MAGNIFICENT MIMI

Too bad she didn't stomp her boot
Or crush down on the girl’s neck
To make sure she finished her.


BILL OF ATTAINDER

Guy named Bill.
Lives in Attainder.


CROSS FACE CHICKEN WING

Shit, that’ll take the wind out of anybody.


TOTALLY FREAKING OUT

Baby sitter bailed last minute.


CLOVIS MAN

He’s like you guys.
He loves being with grandma.


DENTAL WORK

Two hours of aaahhh.


CHOICE BONELESS DIAMONDS

At wholesale prices.


MOON CALENDAR

The babyest tides.


JESUS

Christians need to stop bothering him.


FIXED REFI

Shallow grave.
Truck stop.
Toy expert.


OSCAR NOD

Limited lifetime warranty.


POT BELLIED PIGS

Looking for a loving home.


REVICTIMIZATION

A dog named History.


SCRUB JAYS CACHING PEANUTS

Union chief accused.


SUMMER SCHOOL

We don’t like it.
We hate it.


CELEBRITY BORDER AGENTS

Like a herd of unicorns.


TWINKLE MARVELOUS

You wouldn’t think to look at her.


DISCOVER ASIAN LOVE

I'm literally the girl at 1:03, 2:14, and 3:22.


VACUUM CLEANER SALESMEN

Take their time.


HALF THE YEAR IN SEQUIM

Half the year in Sisquoc.


TOTAL STATE

Of the art five
Star everything.


BABY DADDY ON BOARD

Stay in your lane.






Saturday, August 13, 2016

No They Said Yes


I JUST SOLD MY GOLD AND DIAMONDS

And you should too.


GLACIERS GLACIERS GLACIERS BOYS

You melt the glaciers.
We’ll bring the Stolys.


GETTING MY FREAK ON

He uttered. Honored
To make your acquaintance.


SO HOW WAS THE

Was it a?


IF IT HAPPENS?

It happened twice yesterday.


YOU SHOULD BE HOSTING

Anyway, they go and they.


I ALWAYS FIND THAT UH

Yeah no.


LIKE I TOLD HER

It’s just kind of everything.


MY ENERGY IS THROUGH THE ROOF

And I posted to a certain timeline.


THEY ALWAYS FIX WHAT DOESN’T NEED FIXING

And never fix what does.
I don’t get it.


MY JIU-JITSU HAS GROWN

Leaps and bounds.


THE MOUNTAINS SURROUND ME

Like Radio City Music Hall.


BUT NO

Power rays.
Special forces.
And the Jemez kid.


YOU’D THINK

Hey I thought the same thing.


HAD ME CLAPPING LIKE A SEAL

To the point I even tweeted it.


I THOUGHT I SMELLED IT

I don’t smell it now.
Maybe I’m used to it.
Maybe it’s that.


THE REAL SUPERMAN CAN FLY

You’re the pretend Superman.


I HEARD THAT AND I’M LIKE

Wait a minute.
What’s going on?


THE FUCKING MEMORIES

Man.


NO THEY SAID YES

They said yes.
And no.
But the deal of it is.


NO I THINK

You know I don’t know.


I’M SORT OF HORRIFIED

On a couple of different levels.


LET ME HOOK YOU UP WITH MY PEOPLE

My homies can get you the lowest rates.


IT JUST BLEW MY MIND

Then I went in
And laid a vocal down on it.


ANYWAY SO

So.
Anyway.


LOOK IN THE MIRROR

And simply pay the difference.


THEY CALL ME FREEWAY ONRAMP

My mind is out and my back is in the gutter.


ACTUALLY THAT DOES LOOK GOOD

Go back one.


BETWEEN THE TWO OF US

We’ve lost the Danish National Radio Choir.


AND FOR SOME REASON

I wasn’t there but uh.
You know what I think it is?


I WAS ABOUT READY TO

Of course they.


THREAT DETECTED

Nothing left to lose.


SHE’S STILL NOT

I know.


ONLY SECURE CONTENT IS DISPLAYED

You have 1 quick sex request.


DON’T PUT OFF UNTIL TOMORROW

What can be put off forever.


NO BUT LIKE

Oh you got one?
You got another one?


HE PRETTY MUCH TOLD ME

He said look.


NO BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT

That’s what he’s trying to do.


LIVING

On beer and pdfs.


I’VE HEARD OF PEOPLE DOING THAT

That’s why I don’t dive into lakes.


WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE THOSE PICTURES DOWN JAVIER?

Javier?





Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Crazy Aquí y Ahora

WRAP YOUR HEAD AROUND

This fighter jets.


SANTA CECILIA PULLING SHOTS

A long time to be holy.
Pants can imagine magical roses.
A town, a couple of trees.


UNDEFETEABLE & POWERFULL CHINESSE GIRLS

Two hotties. 
Especially the one in blue.


HOW FAT SAUSAGE DOING?

Kitty kitty kitty.


SUPER EPICAL

More is not to say.


THE BLUE WOMAN HAVE A DESTINY SWORD

I’m proud to live in the same generation as her.


THE GIRLS OF THE DEEP MAKEUP

In the sweet first class reboot.


THE MOST DILEMMA SITUATION YOU COULD IMAGINE

There are happens so many.
All the time.


INKLING

Of twerk.


PEASHES

Would you like you some?


SO IMPORTANT THE UNIVERSE GALAXIES

You are your own queen on foot.


WILL WORK FOR LIKES

Agree the temporary of job.


I AM NOT TOO MUCH OF CONFIDENT

But I am determent.


TANK TOPS AND BEER

And it’s just a beautiful view
Which does not suit a year.


THIS IS TELLS YOU

Let them to decide.
They are public.


AND SO HARD OF LAUGHING

My face falls off.


THE TWO WAS A LOT

I had two.


STAYS BUSY WHAT OF ME AFTER THIS?

I’m all the jealous.


BOBBY REYES COME IN THE OTHER DAY

What are the odds of that, right?


GOOD BRAKES

No makes noise.


THEY HAD WENT TO SCHOOL

Together since they was in kinnygarden.


I’M FORGET AND EATING SEAWEED

No spicy.
Is me, is OK.


THE TROUBLE OF IT IS

I have feelings of you.


HE WAS MY HUNTIN’ PARTNER

We was huntin’ partners for 20 years.


AGENT OF THE SAME HOLLYWOOD PEOPLE

He is very very kind with me.


THE NEXT DAY

I will be not there.


THIS NEEDS SO MUCH FEELINGS

And always hearing.


WANTED TO KILL HIM A PRAERCHIKN

He done it, too.


HEENTS ‘N’ TEEPS

Consejos y sugerencias.


JISTA FEW

Not var minny.


I AM HERE

I am wait for your call.




Saturday, August 6, 2016

From the Center of Excellence

This post will mostly be literary (as per usual) but let’s begin with music. Jennifer Higdon composes beautiful and exciting classical music. Here’s the Concerto for Orchestra, written in 2002.

During six weeks of working on other projects, such as finishing and launching my newest book, then a chrematistic technical project for a friend, all the while suffering in an eschatological heat wave of eight consecutive days of highs over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, not to mention the crazy political zeitgeist, my mind wandered and eventually went numb; I solved crossword puzzles, napped on sofas and beds and hammocks, listened to the news, and wrote little.

But when I went online to read poetry---Audre Lorde, Tony Hoagland, Amber Shockley, Anna Journey, and Camille Dungy---my imagination was revivified.  This is everyday language become exhilarating; plain, colloquial, and so carefully placed and juxtaposed that it can alter forever your way of apprehending.

In fact, a danger in reading great literature while on hiatus is that a return to your own work leads to unfavorable, dispiriting comparisons. Time again to bring current my own writing and I’m like yuck, a victim of total non-inspiration: how does the impossible suddenly become possible?

Well, as Audre Lorde wrote (and a poem of hers appears at the end of this post): “Don’t wait for inspiration…You don’t need to be inspired to write a poem. You need to reach down and touch the thing that’s boiling inside of you and make it somehow useful.”

So I’ve been hitting it, and there should be new sequences in this space beginning August 11.

Now for some Shop Talk:

  • I’ve always done my best writing in cafes named after the daughters of the owners.

  • Have you ever thought about how a poet creates a title for a poem?  One of the poets mentioned above, Anna Journey, had this to say about titles: “I like a long title. As a poet who loves narrative but writes in the lyric mode, I find I can get a lot of potentially burdensome “scene setting”—the who, what, when, where, why of the poem—out of the way by freighting a title with information. Doing so swiftly grounds a reader and establishes a framework for the dramatic context. Also, when titling a poem, I like to imagine the title printed in a hypothetical table of contents: ‘Would I flip to that poem?’ I ask myself. Many times the answer is: ‘Nope.’ So I go back to work until I arrive at a title that feels vivid and compelling enough to satisfy my demands for clarity, surprise, strong imagery, and an orienting context.”

And to bring closure to this post, let’s go back to Audre Lorde. Some readers consider her poem, “A Litany for Survival,” to be depressing. I consider it a proclamation.

A Litany for Survival

For those of us who live at the shoreline
standing upon the constant edges of decision
crucial and alone
for those of us who cannot indulge
the passing dreams of choice
who love in doorways coming and going
in the hours between dawns
looking inward and outward
at once before and after
seeking a now that can breed
futures
like bread in our children’s mouths
so their dreams will not reflect
the death of ours:

For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother’s milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us
For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.

And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
when the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning
when our stomachs are full we are afraid
of indigestion
when our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again
when we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
when we are alone we are afraid
love will never return
and when we speak
we are afraid our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid

So it is better to speak
remembering
we were never meant to survive






Thursday, August 4, 2016

Throw Lines --- Outtakes (part 5)

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Below is the fifth and final post in a series of outtakes from the book.  These didn’t make the cut, but some of them are entertaining in their own right.

 





LEAVE ‘EM

We’ll come back.


I’M ANASTASIA TIKKLER

And this is The Tikkler File.


I LOVE THAT SHOW

I’m so addicted.


ENGAGED CITIZENRY

Participating at different price points.


THE DON’T GET ME STARTED QUEEN

Straps flapping.


SHE THINK THIS A HANDCLAPPING CONTEST

That girl gets kind of scattered.


DO YOU KNOW THE DISPLACEMENT?

How about the Kings - Canucks score?


YOU SPOKE TO MY HEAD

But my brain wasn’t switched on.


SO I’M AT THE GAME

Right?


DID SOMEBODY TELL ME

I needed to experience this?
Or am I dreaming the whole thing?


DIE IN A HOLE

Please.


WITH MUCH THOUGHT AND CONSIDERATION

Fuck you.


I’M A YOUNG NATURALIST

Are you a young naturalist, too?


DON GIOVANNI’S PAYDAY LOANS

Where the time is always 48:88.


I AM HERE

To tell you.


LA LUZ DEL MUNDO

Full sleeves and neck texts.


ELUSIVE COORDINATES

Or in prison for fraud, assault, possession and bestiality.


WHEN BEING CHASED

Always keep a slower guy behind you.


A CYST

The size of an exercise ball.


THE ONLY REASON I’M ALIVE IS

To be perfectly honest
I don’t know a painless way
To get to not to be.


YEAH GO AHEAD

Yeah.


WHALE SKULLS

Two giant whale skulls.
This big around.


A PARTICULAR PIECE

Of like pottery.


IRON GATE

Rusted unswung.


PROOF

Not all killers sleep alone.


CHANGE UP

Nesting in the catcher’s mitt.
The batter stands waiting for a bus.


AERIAL SHOTS

Minarets.