Saturday, March 25, 2017

Today at Habitat for Habitu├ęs, 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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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Going Like This With the Mustard


Two book cover updates by Neil Novello. Much obliged.









O clap your hands, all ye people; shout! Hear this, all ye people; give ear!

The elegant movie about the eloquent James Baldwin got me thinking about the early 1960’s, I was an impressionable youth in those days who also followed sports. We lived in Albuquerque, and the University of New Mexico at that time had one of the great track teams in the nation. One of the stars on the team was Adolph Plummer. I idolized this great athlete. He competed in individual events and as a member of a relay team. Adolph Plummer set the 440 world record of 44.9 seconds in 1963. He won an NCAA title at that distance a year earlier. I tried out for the junior high track team thinking I was going to be the next Adolph Plummer. He seemed to me elegant and eloquent and fast.

Been trying to jump start Spring, and there are buds and blossoms on the peach tree and the apricot tree, but I proclaim this the coldest and dreariest Winter in several years. 

I compiled a paragraph of threads from an online discussion board.

I’m reading Solzhenitsyn. It is depressing. Russian literature is wonderfully depressing, yes? Beautiful but depressing. I really like Solzhenitsyn, but there's more depressing books by other Russian authors, yes? Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, for example. Notes from Underground by Dostoevsky almost destroyed my mind with how depressing it was.  I'd say that's the most depressing book I've ever read.

And when I get in that heavy mind, I write things like this:

ARMAGEDDON BOIL-OFF

Noisome pestilence infects my lungs.

Or:

I COULDN’T SEE SHIT

It was scary as fuck.

Or, when I really stretch:

YESTERDAY WENT LATE AND HARD
.
Not sure what was accomplished.
Scaling the Polymentality
To change the art form
Not just to get more sensitive
Not just tweak the existing
Duct tape on stalagmites
Hospice for fish
Skidding on jazzy rays of bird-blest
Epistemology
From pre classic to post neo late
Which helps make me
The cold blooded creator
The lighter of the harpsichord bonfire
That I am.

But that’s not the tone I like to set.

I’ve been entertaining audiences for more than 50 years. 

And the tone I want to set is more like:

RIDING THE HILLCREST MOUNTAINEER

Window seat in the parlor car.

And:

THIS YEAR IS LIKE

A year of crazy changes.

And then, stretching out, one I started, called "At the Deli":

HOW’S MY BABY GIRL?

How’s my sunshine?

PEOPLE TELL ME

I talk like I’m singing

A WHOLE NUMBER NINETEEN

With everything.
Easy oil.

MY PIECE MOVING AROUND THE BOARD

Positive languor.

HOW RAD IS THAT

Right?

THEY’RE LIKE

Super cool about it.

IS THERE A WAY

You could go like this
With the mustard?







Saturday, February 25, 2017

Stranger in a Land Dedicated to Superheroes


RESTLESS SLEEP

Dreamettes.


THERE’S THIS SORT OF

Butterfly garden.


FIVE SENSE MORNING

Touch and sight: fire.
Hearing: dueling roosters.
Taste and smell: coffee.


WTHOUT I

Magne.


FOOLED

Into thinking.


ECHO

If you call he just runs away.
And I don’t even own a dog.


SPEAKING OF STRING QUARTETS

Like an opossum tripping the motion detector
My love of Russian literature and music
Gets tripped by cheap vodka
And food bank cranberry juice.


TWICE I DRANK THAT OTHER STUFF

And ended up in Emergency.


THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM

But I’m not that lucky.


CELEBRITY DEATHS

What are we at, a million six, a million seven?


BUT HE DIDN’T HAVE

The cough or the sneezing.


MASS GRAVE AT TIMES

Earth.


BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS

Laughter is the best medicine.


ADDICTION CAN KILL

But not fast enough to do any good.


TURN QUANTUM THEORY ON ITS HEAD

Take and go like this.


CHALLENGE BUTTER

To a duel.


I JOKE AND I KID

But seriously.


WALETOWA

It is?


THE VOLATILITY IN SOYBEANS

You've got to kind of see this.


A FEDERAL JUDGE IN LOS ANGELES

Came upon a little pocket of slowing.
And her daughter Qiana is going to swim this year.


LIKE ELLA AND F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

I’m feeling positively fauve.


HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HEARD SOMEBODY SAY LIFE’S TOO SHORT?

Well it’s not.


THIS IS MY REWARD

I’ve already went to it.


HOORAY!

Hip! Hip! Hooray!






Saturday, February 18, 2017

The First Five Chapters

Chapter 1

NINE JET AIRLINERS IN THE DESERT

Three tamales and six eggs on the plate.


REALLY

Still?


BIRD ENTHUSIASTS EATING

Beef stew.


HOW THEY GONNA PAY?

They ain’t got no job.


Chapter 2

I’M HERE TO TELL YOU

It was quite something.


I SAID THAT’S IT DEVIL

You ain’t touching me no more.


HE SAYS WELL

You know I was talking to a guy.
I thought shit.
I’m starting to hear that everywhere.


Chapter 3

HAVE I BEEN TO PARIS?

I was born in Paris.


WE DELIVERY

I welcomed the New Year at home with a two-item combo from Little Beijing.


IN THE KAZAKH SECTION OF MEXICO CITY

I remember nests of exotic birds.


IN CASE YOU FIND ME NOT HERE

I’ll leave a key.


SOME WOMAN IN MOZAMBIQUE

A fixture on the Maputo scene.


Chapter 4

OUR LADY OF SURFING

Expressing wave behavior.


PERSONAL PROMO CODES

Be.
Shi.


EZ ADVANCE

Used her legs as collateral.
Walked out with a million bucks.


CALL YESTERDAY

Supplies are unlimited.


YOUR ORDER DOES NOT REQUIRE SHIPPING

Your order does not require billing.


SUPER CONCENTRATED

For a better clean.


Chapter 5

GUY PAINTING A GREEN LINE

The paint is talking to him.


BRUSH

China hog bristles.
Beavertail handle.
Lambskin cover.


GUY BY THE NAME OF SAGER DASH

Wore a parka, ate flapjacks.


THAT’S BASICALLY

That’s basically it.


OH RIC ELAN

A super virtuoso from a family of super virtuosi.
Naked in the psych unit restroom.


IT’S REALLY WEIRD

How that happens.



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Namaste

TODAY

A morning plush.


FAITH IN BRIEF

A petal floats to the ground.


THE SOUND OF HUMMINGBIRD LIFE JACKETS

Tumbling in the dryer.


WHEN I FIRST STARTED OUT

If it wasn’t for the.


UM YOU KNOW I’D SAY

Definitely.


I HAVE A TRICK HEAD

My brain pops, locks, catches, sometimes just gives out.


I OFTEN LAPSE INTO REPRESENTATIONALISM

Cooked in bacon grease.


AND I’D FIND IT ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO CALL MYSELF

Zucchini or basil.


WHEN I WAS A KID

I noticed that like my brother.


AND EVERYTHING BECAME

“Foggy.”


NEAR THE LATRINE

Hi baby.
Hi sweetheart.


OUR TRYSTING PLACE

The anti-itch aisle.


WOUND UP BEING SPATIAL

And a charming scherzo.


OUR KIDS WHEN THEY WERE LITTLE

They always.


THE SIGN AT THE COMMUNITY POOL SAYS

“All are welcome.”


THE ZEITGEIST IS BUSTLE

Rotate, revolve, gravitational, electromagnetic, strong, weak.


LANES

Leap to their feet.


TERRIBLY HAPPY

“Terribly free.”


TELLING THE PETS

Be good.


YOU REALLY FEEL AS THOUGH YEAH

But in a way that makes you kind of want to say hey.


I’VE SEEN IT

Well not the exact thing but.


AND YET THESE KIDS

Everybody says.


ROOT STOCK

A note of underlying anguish.


FOR BEST RESULTS

I close my eyes.


OR LOOK IN THE MIRROR

And simply pay the difference.