Thursday, September 29, 2016

Mmmm Hmmm

ABILENE

Animal style.


INTUITION

The square footage of my heart.


RABOBANK

Night Deposit.


LUDOVICO AND JARROD

Ideas flying like divots.


NO LIVES MATTER

So get off that kick.
 

CINEMATO

Grapher
.

MATCHMAKING INDUSTRY

My livelihood.


CORPORATE RULES

Jump jump jump.


DOUBLE MEAT AND CHEESE

Based on a true story.


EXTRA SAVINGS

3 days only.


VIRALITY

The cheddar to better.


TV

I forgot I had TV.


ONE AND ONE

A swing and a miss.
One and two.


 TRAFFIC CONTROL

Car junked in dandelions.


CHAOS IN A BOX

News-covered cherries.


VOTE BY BOAT

Booty shorts!


CONTENT STRATEGIST

Enabler and victim.


SONGBIRDS FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL

Furious children in a candy store.


TRUCK STOP JAMMIES

America’s favorite jammies.


DILDO

Father figurine.


OPPORTUNITY

For what.


JUNIOR WARRIORS FOOTBALL

Sign up today!


PAUL REVERE

Unlimited mileage.


THE WRONG LUBRICANT

That’s one thought.


GARAGE DOOR

Groaning like a motherfucker.


TWO MINUTE DRILL

Sponsored by the Association of Living Foyers.
And bread vendors near you.


FOREPLAY

Pre-plunder.


SKIPPING TO 7

You already know how to do 6?
Then let’s skip to 7.


HAIR NETS AND CONDOMS

Issued by the Department of Hope and Serenity.


PICK UP TRUCK

And a little-ass trailer no bigger than this table.


WORKING TO OBLITERATE THE I

Inventory clearance event.


A ZERO BILL

This could be you!




Saturday, September 24, 2016

Very Like Hey


OK YESTERDAY

It was so funny.


AND I KNOW CUBBY

I told Cubby.


THEY’RE NOT REALLY

I mean they are.


UNLESS YOU HAD LIKE

Sanitary scissors.


BUT YEAH

A little.
But no.


HE’S KIND OF GOING

Oh wait a minute.


A LOT WILL

A lot won’t.
But a lot will.


SHE WAS VERY LIKE HEY

So I think one of the things.


YEAH JUST WHAT

I’ve been yeah.


WHAT DID YOU

I mean.


NEXT THING YOU KNOW IT’S LIKE

I don’t even know.


YEAH SO I MEAN

And they're like.


AND I TOLD HER I SAID

You’ve got to realize.


TELL YOU WHAT

I was shocked.


OBVIOUSLY HE

And then all of a sudden.


TO FUNCTION

Four hours.


I JUST SAY THAT BECAUSE

We’re like.


OH  YEAH ABOUT YEAH SO

I OK projecting.


I WAS LIKE OH

You know?


WHICH WAIT OK

It gets crazier.


LIKE SOMETIMES I FEEL

He kind of fucking burned his own bridges.


COME TO FIND OUT

There are two new Ruhis.


I’LL LEAVE HIM A HEY WE’D LIKE TO

The guy has yeah.


I WILL SAY

And I mean look.


SO I’M JUST LIKE

I’m like yeah, you know?


I SAID OH REALLY

Just the fact that its probably.


WITH HIM

You never know.


BUT I THINK THAT

In an effort to whatever.


AND HE WAS LIKE

He was like.
I mean.


I SAID WHAT?

And then I go like this.







Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hot Right Into the Weekend




MY NEW GIG 

From a distance, the houses built into the side of the mountain looked like a community of bento boxes and apothecary jars. I have been living out of a suitcase for the past few weeks, and keeping the Thursday/Saturday schedule has been a challenge, but so far I’ve been up to it.  

So after watching a tribute to Juan Gabriel on t.v. and reading the semi-annual report of one of the investment products in my portfolio, I spent much of the remainder of the morning at a café attempting to develop a new aesthetic.  

The job is like a volunteer vacation, except I’m getting paid. I miss my desert abode, but the beach is cool. And it dawns on me (dawn: opening shot in a movie, first notes in a score, when the curtain rises in a play, first line in a poem, opening sentence in a novel) that I tilt toward what in this cultural meme is called Language Poetry. An affinity is what I have. In Tokyo I was developing this style, studying poets and artists and filmmakers and the choreographers (Balanchine:  “There are no new steps only new combinations.”) all to the background of Japanese language.  


ONE MAN SHOW POSTPONED 

I’ve had to postpone for several weeks the opening of my one man show, where I will I play all four roles in Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” modeling my performance on the over the top work of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sandy Dennis (ah, Sandy Dennis) and George Segal. This for sure tour de force will be rescheduled for late winter or early spring of next year. The postponement is out of respect for Mr. Albee who died recently.


STOP ME IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS BEFORE 

There is so much good writing out there in the world. So much from all over. The internet is huge in making it available. Huge. Good poetry showing up in my feeds, emails, and just from surfing. From India, Mexico, France, Nigeria, translated into English, though most of what I’ve been reading online recently is English/American.


SHOUT OUTS 

Alexis Fancher: She is a poet of acclaim (frequent publishing, Best American Poetry series, etc.) and a photographer who chronicles the downtown scene of the most interesting city in the world, Los Angeles. DTLA is how she acronyms it, and I re-live vicariously through her images my old neighborhood. When I was a student at USC at would get tired of the campus huff and fluff, I would go to downtown LA and lose myself in its myriad ways. Ms. Fancher’s photographs remind me of those fine hours. 

Neil Novello: A video artist working in several genres—journalism, arts, documentary, etc—and has also risked his professional reputation by making videos interpreting my work—and he is currently on a speaking tour in the U.S. 


VISION STATEMENT 

Sequences and observations, episodic threads of vocalized pauses, aural punctuation and verbal fillers that accessorize discourse in public spaces and common places (such as offices, snack bars, waiting rooms, etc.) written in poetic form (although maybe not poetry in the usual sense of the word).

SHOP TALK 


 Kenner in The Pound Era distinguishes three “principles” that arise here and in Pound’s other workings from that time.  These are worth setting down here, as a way to get us started: 1. the vers-libre principle, that the single line is the unit of composition [this has the vaguest connection to classical Chinese but is crucial to how Pound sets out in his “translations”]; 2. the Imagist principle, that a poem may build its effects out of things it sets before the mind’s eye by naming them; 3. the lyrical principle, that words or names, being ordered in time, are bound together and recalled into each other’s presence by recurrent sounds.  [These last two show a connection to aspects of Chinese poetry that Pound may have sensed through Fenollosa/Mori and that Yip articulates more clearly over a half-century later.]



These principles are money. Let me repeat:  each of these principles? Money. 


SHOP TALK 2 

Rothenberg continues:   

Moving away from translation and appropriation as such, Pound’s work in Cathay shows a way of making poetry from lists of words – connected or not at their origin.  As a form of systemic or process poetry, this has been utilized by Jackson Mac Low in his Asymmetries and Light Poems, by David Antin in his Meditations, by me in The Lorca Variations, and by various other poets both in America and elsewhere.  This we might call, after Mac Low, the nuclei principle. 


Ditto this principle.


SLAYED 

By these lines by Gunter Eich, from a poem about his simple possessions as a soldier or POW 

The pencil’s the thing
I love the most:
By day it writes verses
I make up at night.
This is my notebook,
this my rain gear,
this is my towel,
this is my twine.

These appeared on the Facebook recently: three and four liners, quite fine, some longer ones. Highly recommended. 


SHOP TALK 3 

A villain is William Carlos Williams to verbosity.  Here is a tribute: 

SATURDAY

Fuck
Ing
Night
In the sum
Mer
Time.  

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

No Ordinary Sailing


CONGRATULATIONS

You’ve been preselected!


CAN WE DO IT WHEN WE GET OFF THE LIKE

Oh but he wants to uh.


IT’S WEIRD

It’s weird.
It’s like.
Weird.
You know?


HE WAS ASKED HEY WAIT A MINUTE

What about Jerzy?


ARE YOU HERE FOR A WEEK

Or a month?
Or both?


AND THAT’S THE THING

You know?


I BOUGHT A LOTTERY TICKET

To eat it and get high.


HE IS

Very nice.
Very gentle.


IT WORKED ONCE BEFORE

With a scratcher.


BY LAW YOU NEED TO

Whether or not.


BUT I TELL YOU WHAT

Most people really feel.


ARE YOU?

Can you?


RIGHT YEAH

But I mean.


WELL I TOLD THEM

What happened is.


THEY ASKED ME THEY SAID UH

Oh well no, they wouldn’t say.


SHE GOT A JOB

The sister did.


I ALWAYS

There’s so much.


BUT IT’S A MATTER OF

You know.


WHY?

Why would she have a melt down?
Oh.
Oh.


PROBABLY BY THE TIME YOU ADD IT ALL UP

Two-thirds.


I’M SO NOT LIKE THAT

And she is.


I HEARD TODAY

Jerzy told me.


IF YOU’RE SCRAMBLING

The last thing you need is.


THEY TRIED TO

Hang me basically completely out to dry.


THE REAL QUESTION IS YEAH

Why’d it take so long?


YOU DON’T HAVE TO KEEP REMINDING ME

I know.
I know.
Get in the car.


I THOUGHT IT WAS THE LAW

It is the law.




Thursday, September 15, 2016

#1 Live Streaming!


ALL I HAVE TO DO IS STREAM

Strea-ea-ea-ea-eam, stream, stream, stream.
Strea-ea-ea-ea-eam, stream, stream, stream.


THE BEST KEPT NOT EVEN SECRET

Just that nobody pays that much of attention.


ANYTIME NIGHT OR DAY

Only trouble is gee whiz I’m streaming my life away.


LIVE FROM THE GLITTERING COSMOS

Where the stars come to relax and dine.


I KNOW ALL THE HEADLINERS

But I tell you what.


SHE’S BEEN IN EVERYTHING

You’ve seen her in so many things.


MARIANA PEREZ Y LAS PALOMAS DE SAN MATEO

Based on a true koinkydink.


SLEEP SHOPPE SALES CINDERELLA

Meets the man of her dreams online.


SHE SEEMS

While being.


THAT’S REALLY SOMETHING

When you think about clickability.


I LOVE HER WORK

She’s in L.A.
Taping Kimmel.


TALK ABOUT

Highballing to stardom.


SHE KNOWS HOW TO GET A DANCE FLOOR GOING

On best dressed lists everywhere.


NOW GOSH

I’ve known this guy.


LET’S JUST SAY THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER

He knocks it down.


MY BUDDY

A huge music guy.


DROPPED SATIDDY

Going wide.


OH BABY

Already charted to number one.


HE COULDN’T BE HERE

Multiple gunshot wounds.
Gang related or something personal.
Not sure.


HEY LISTEN

Talk about vocal emissions!


LADY SPECTRUM IS WITH US

She’s got grace.
She’s got chutzpah.
She’s a fireball.


SHOW STOPPING

Internationally renowned.
She floods the room with positive ions.


PLAYING ALL THE BIGGEST

Breakthrough career defining hits.


ALWAYS TRENDING SO CREATIVELY

Crazy hot.


SHE GOT MARRIED IN GREECE

Now she lives in Alabama.


I SAID

Who has done more than you for me?


HER LYRICS REALLY GO RIGHT THROUGH YOU

Irresistibly flavored sequences.


SHE’S ALWAYS TELLING ME

Make sure yours is 529 or higher.


PROPHETIC

Or apocryphal?
Find out right after this.




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Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Esplanade


THIS NEW

To me at least.
Having it when we.


IT’S A LITTLE

It’s not too.


SO LONG AS NOBODY FALLS

Asleep, we’re good.


SO NO YEAH THAT’S

I mean.


DUDE SAYS TIME

Is an ever-reconfiguring network of hyper-intense becoming.


WHICH I DON’T KNOW

I've never done this before.


ARE YOU A GROUP?

I said.
She’s all.


SO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED DON’T YOU?

Which the thought was very nice by the way.


I TOLD HER I SAID

You'll get cool badges.


THIS GUY YEAH

He competes.
He really does.


THE ONE THAT’S

All modern and everything.


THEY SAID THE SAME THING TO ME

I wouldn’t read too much into it.


I MEAN I THINK SO BUT

Neither one of them’s got a job.


ASK YOURSELF

Kung Fu Panda 3?


TO ME I DON’T KNOW

I see a sign.


THAT’S THE OTHER GODDAM THING

I got working against me
Is the motherfucking heat.


AND HE SAID GO AHEAD

The polygon is absolutes only.


IF YOU HADN’T DID THAT

Just think.


I’VE SEEN WHERE

Rewards points start breeding like quail.


YEAH BUT NO YOU’RE RIGHT

And mostly.


THE CUPCAKES, REMEMBER?

It’s not about me.


YES, I KNOW

And the very next morning.


I’M AS OUT THERE AS I EVER HOPED

I just need somebody on my side, man.


WAS IT THE EIGHT TWELVE EL KAY?

Or the X One Nine?


THEN THERE WAS THE BIKER

I go now what?


ONCE YOU START

Beauty hits traffic.


ASK FOR MY BOY DAZ

He’ll hook you up.




Thursday, September 8, 2016

Back to You Facepoo

BRANDED ENTERTAINMENT


Didn’t leave the property.
Didn’t leave my pajamas.
Hardly left the house.
Except to walk out to the driveway.
One time and back.


FACEPOO

We care about you and the memories you share here.


DEVILS CANYON

My favorite activity in school was raising my hand.


SEE ‘N’ SAY

I used it every day.


WRAPAROUND

Five people come to your house
Five days a week for
Five weeks.


WHAT A WASTE

Breasting them out and throwing the rest of the bird away.


HOLY WEEK

No fault of anybody’s, really.


THE CAR

It’s pretty well totaled.


BEAR-BEAR

Inside.
Get inside.
Bear-Bear.
Let’s go.


MY LIFE

A four-part trilogy.


ARAMBULA PUTTING IN THEIR LETTUCE

I’ll just keep my mouth shut.


TWO MISSED CALLS

How’d that happen?


WONDER WOMAN

That’s who it was.
Wonder Woman.


INTIMACY

Expressed in cubic feet.


CLAIRVOYANCE

Eleven months will comprise a year.
Seasons will float.


OPOSSUM ROOTING

Fan spinning.
Instant scores and highlights!


DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION

Huh?


ONE LUCKY WINNER

No, the British people are great.


BUT THAT TWO-HEADED HUMMINGBIRD

Kind of makes my blood boil.


THAT WAS SO FRICKIN FUNNY

Oh man.


YOU GOT IT KIND OF, RIGHT?

So we’ll just leave it at that I guess.


BACK TO YOU FACEPOO

Traces of love.
All around.




Saturday, September 3, 2016

Well The Thing Is Too


EDUCATION IS MORE THAN

A classroom of unguided
Missiles being turned into smart bombs.


AND IF YOU NEED FURTHER ASSISTANCE

You can always check what’s trending.


WHAT SPARKS I THINK

An overall return to aesthetics
Are eco friendly luxury resorts
And 99-cent fangs.


LIKE VAN DER WAALS FORCES

It’s all in the setae.


WELL IT IS

I mean it’s.


SOME OF THEM HAVE TO SIT, STAN

They don’t feel well.


I REPRESENT SIX BILLION GARDEN GNOMES

Seating is extremely limited.
Alcohol not allowed.
Weapons prohibited.


HIDDEN ICONS EXTRACTED

Red potatoes removed no extra charge.


ANYMORE I JUST TEXT

But.


UM YEAH

To seem appears
To be enough.
That’s how it works.


IT’S 100 PERCENT ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Every drop.


HEY I NEED TO TELL YOU

In all sincerity.


OH THAT’S A PRETTY ONE

There’s one over there too!


THE CHARETTE?

Leave it on the card.


SPEAKING OF CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS

Just want you to know.
Double rewards points.


SPEAKING OF GAMING TRIBES

Welcome white man.


SPEAKING OF NURSING HOMES

Poop Chutes and Bladders.


SPEAKING OF WINGS

Rolf drained the pond.


SPEAKING OF MY DAD’S PEOPLE

They came from Facebook.


WELL THE THING IS TOO

I tell you what.


SEEKING APPROVAL FROM THE CLOCK

Is a multivehicle crash wrap.


AND LIKE MY BUDDY SAYS

Anything can happen.


THAT’S BEEN TRUE EVER SINCE

Nestor Chylak was calling balls and strikes.


THE MOST TALENTED

My gosh.


ANYWAYS SO

Take care of yourself all right?


THIS ONE GUY JUMPS UP JESUS H

Thass wha Ima DO!

  

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Helen Johnson's Gone Missing (homage to E.A. Poe)


HELEN JOHNSON’S GONE MISSING

And a lot of people don’t know it.


EXCLUSIVE HIDEAWAYS AND PRIVATE JETS

Don’t come from reading contest guidelines.


IT LOOKS LIKE

I’ll tell you what it looks like.
It looks like.


EVEN HER THERAPIST SAID

Well, what’s normal?


I CALLED HER THREE TIMES

She never was home.


SO I MEAN

No I well uh.


I KEPT CALLING AND CALLING AND CALLING

Nobody would answer.


BUT YOU KNOW ACTUALLY

That’s the thing.


NOT LAST WEEK

Two weeks ago maybe.


SHE’S BEEN ATTRACTING

The wrong kind of guy.


ONE USED TO BE AN ASTROPHYSICIST

Now he’s an office assistant.


NOT AT HAMMERSMITH AND KLEIN

That’s what I told the police.


CAN’T EVEN REMEMBER

Some reason.


ONE SO CALLED LIVES IN CHESTERTOWN

Makes videos of women shaving their legs.
Posts them online.


A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO

I think is what I heard.


BUT WHAT ABOUT

What about.


AND THEN THERE WAS ANOTHER ONE

He lives in he lives in.


WAIT A MINUTE

It’s all coming back now.


SHE ASKED ME

I said I could be, yeah.


I WAS DOING SOMETHING

I forget.


HA UM CAN

I uh you know.


I WAS TRYING TO GLAZE A WALL

It’s damn near impossible.


THAT’S WHAT I SAY

We were just.
I was just.


AND THEN I’M LIKE

I hit my trip meter.


I TOLD HER I SAID

I’m right here.


TO WHERE I WAS THE ONE

Who was.
Well uh OK so.


I MIGHT HAVE

Like for some reason.


APPARENTLY WE WERE

I don’t know.


I REMEMBER

I just kept thinking.
Get up.


GET UP

But no.