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.


www.randystark.com





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.