Saturday, November 18, 2017

Disappearing Act


DEATH

The uncalled for servant.



SEVERAL ROOMS

Of nice furniture.



SHE WANTED TO DIE IS WHAT SHE SAID

So we said well what about Missouri?



MISSOURI’S A NICE PLACE TO DIE

It's what Vermont used to be.



WENT HOME TO BE WITH THE LORD

But when I got there the place was boarded up.



I SURE WILL

Have a good one, boss.



GOD KNOWS

I don’t know.



THE PEOPLE ARE HERE

To see about the steeple.



I SAID WOW

I said really.



WHERE ARE

The vehicle?





Saturday, November 11, 2017

A Lot of Everything


I ALWAYS GET LIKE NERVOUS WHEN

Orestes brings his hummingbird act
To the discount outlets.



LIKE YOU SAID

Who doesn’t?



ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DOWNLOAD THE APP

And boom boom boom.



WE’RE HERE

It’s kicking.



SO IT’S LIKE IF YOU

Hands free or whatever.



THAT’S A REALLY BIG DEAL

By the way.




I’M ON THE LOOKOUT

For the Danish National Radio Choir.
They’ve turned up missing.



IT’S A LOT OF EVERYTHING

And something else.



I HEARD ABOUT THAT

Not too long ago.



A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT

Aha!



THAT’S EXACTLY

That’s my whole philosophy.



I CALLED DINESH

To discuss what was discussed.
And it was a discussion.



FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT

And I’m not terribly, either.



IT DOES

It can.



THE THING ABOUT US IS

By the time we get there.



I MEAN IT’S UNBELIEVABLY TRUE

I just totally don’t agree.



THE OTHER DAY THEY HAD ON SOME PREAPPROVED GUY

He made a really cool video.



THE SYSTEM HAS DETECTED A GENIUS

I thought hmmm.



IT WAS LIKE LOOK

Thank you by the way.



SO TOMORROW

I can wash my car

And not worry.


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Out East of Somewhere


PLENTY OF POPCORN AND EXTRA BLANKETS

Altar girls and atta boys.
Plus a walrus of law.
It popped up on the screen.
Two old fuckers and their cars.
Young moms getting their bodies back.
Dads walking Abys, MinPins and Labs.
Grab and go.
No nicks, cuts, or rashes.



BIO

Created in Chicago.
Product of the London and Zagreb schools.
Recorded in Tokyo.
Engineered in Madrid.
Mixed in Los Angeles.
Mastered in Quebec.
Remixed and remastered in Lagos.



MY PERSONAL PIZZA STATEMENT

I want to say first off
I tried but I couldn’t turn left.
If I could just you know—
Three bars, sometimes four,
Giving you the straight forward.
I’m on all screens.
I smoke therefore I stink.
You as well.



MAYBE SOME KIND OF A SOMETHING

Anyway so uh OK.
I’m not sure I think.
I keep waiting to see if.
I genuinely never thought.
So I basically am.
I don't know.
That’s just like uh.



MAKING CHANGE

At a million
Miles an hour
It’ll take
Ten billion
Years more
Than the current
Age of the universe
For me to get over this.
And ten is twenty.



MONSOON SERVICE

Seductive raindrops.
Bend sinister lightning.
Thunderous eructation.
Tribal fetishes.
Safari-grade cigars.



DEVASTATION

Devastation in the Ukraine.
Devastation in Iran.
Devastation in the Marianas.
Devastation in Japan.
Devastation devastation devastation devastation.



EIGHT FULL DAYS TO SAVE!

Prices slashed.
Bonus buys.
Instant rebate.
Assorted colors.
Mix and match.



QUAIL

Breast them out.
Wrap some bacon around them.
Throw them on the grill.
Janice was elected homecoming queen for less.
Delbert (not pictured) is her king.



THIRSTY FOR MORE SAVINGS?

You’ve always been down for us.
We’re down for you tambien.
Buy two get one free.
Any qualifying purchase.
Biggest blowout event of the year.



OUT EAST OF SOMEWHERE A TAVERN

Neon sign Sunday night.
Two deputies.
Two more deputies.
The bartender’s enrolled in Admin of Justice.
Dude I’m trying to get in officer school.



ALTHOUGH I WOULD SAY

What’s great about this
Is not so much that
But when I think back
Over the course of oh
The past several years.
It’s like I told Miguel.
To me you know.



Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Day the Rules Went Out the Door


I WONDER

I’m trying to think.



LIKE BECAUSE IDEALLY

There’s a whole system.



ONE OF THE THINGS

I want to always and if
You were me so would you
Do is I want to always. Exactly.



BUT UH THEY YEAH

They turned out cute.



I THINK ONE THING IS

I’ve nothing but both.



SEE THAT’S WHAT I MEAN

I’m telling you.



THAT’S JUST LIKE

My cousin.



I REALLY THINK HONESTLY

I mean yeah.



DAN

No. Dave.
Dave senior.



HE DOES THAT ALL THE TIME

Especially in the morning.



I KNOW

That’s the thing.
Exactly.



ONE MAKES JEWELRY

The other plays music.
Both teach.



BASICALLY I MEAN YOU KNOW

That right there.



YEAH I WAS LIKE

I mean non-reductive behaviorist or no.



THEY JUST THEY

I don’t know.



THE DAY THE RULES WENT OUT THE DOOR

Put that in your hat and smoke it.



I TOLD HER

You know what I think?



WHILE I IN MY MIND I WAS THINKING

What does visible mean?



OK AND THAT’S THE REASON WE UH

And he goes I know.



WE HAD WELL YEAH LIKE

A couple hundred acres.



I’M LIKE OH OK

So I have to go in tomorrow.



IS SHE?

Yeah?
OK.



THAT’S WHAT I SAID

And it’s the truth.



BUT HE WHATEVER

No yeah.



WE GOT OUR LITTLE UH

Our little uh.
Nuances.
Yeah.



SHE’LL BE HERE

I’d say Tuesday.



YEAH NO BUT

Oh yeah.
Yeah.



I HAD SO MANY PEOPLE ASKING ME

I mean that blew my mind.



BUT NO

But yeah.



SO YES


Absolutely.




Saturday, October 21, 2017

Whine and Cheez


IT BEGINS AT BEFORE

And ends just after.



SHE CAN BE KIND OF THIS PERSON

And this is where I think.



HE SAYS YEAH HE SAYS

Language is astonishing.



CATARINA WAS SUPER EXCITED

Whoever she is.



I REMEMBER THINKING

Kindness is not a carryon bag.



PACKAGES STARTING AT

An arm and a leg.



THERE ARE MORE OF THEM

Than there are of apricots.



THEY’RE EVERYWHERE

Good ones, too.



THE HELMSMAN SLEPT IN A TUREEN

The actual ocean was beside itself.



THE TOUR GUIDE WAS TOPSY TURVY

She didn’t have her proper mind.



OXYGEN MASKS DROPPING OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY

I secured mine first before helping the Christ child next to me.



TALKING ABOUT

The whole lunch slash food thing.



I DO THAT WITH CHICKEN

And I always end up overcooking it.



IS THE SMOKER INCLUDED?

I think is the question I always ask myself.



IF YOU’RE TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THAT

Try the moon.
Or Mars.



I’M BETTER AT GROSS THAN FINE

When it comes to motor skills.



WHAT’S HER NAME WAS NOT AFRAID TO

How I wonder where she ares.



I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO CONVENIENCE

And to the technology that makes it happen.



THE EARTH IS HOTTER THAN ELEPHANT EARS AT THE COUNTY FAIR

And I’m in the beer garden.



HOPE THE SIZE OF AN AQUACADE

With twin blade action.



THAT’S THE WHOLE CULTURE WITH EVERYTHING

If what I read’s true.



I WAS THINKING THAT THE OTHER DAY

Who invented removable labels?



BITE DOWN FOR ME

Perfect.



YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO NEOPOSITIVE

About myself.



ANYWAY THAT’S HOW IT HAPPENED

So then I thought hey.



WRITE HER BACK

Tell her thank you.
Muchas gracias tell her.





Saturday, October 14, 2017

We're Like Let's Move Here


A NIGHT IN EARLY AUTUMN

One of those like magic moments.



GREAT WHALES ON THE BUNNY SLOPE

A quintet of pianos spinning.



MY CASEWORKER

Who I need to get a new one.



ULULATING IN SITU

Sponsored by a dead man’s browsing history.



WHERE CELEBRITIES VACATION

We’re like let’s move here.



A FORD PICKUP AND A COUPLE OF AMISH BUGGIES

Running circles around structuralism.



STATE HOSPITAL FOR BEES

Acrobats in repose.



SYMMETRY

Is a residue of balance.



OUR LADY OF THE QUANTUM ERASURE

Crying in her albóndigas.



POWER LUNCH

Fresh squeezed pulsars.
Broccoli flavored florets.



ORANGE CHICKEN

Orange Lutheran.



SHARP MOUNTAIN RIDGE

This ol’ boy come running.
Oh my princess my baby.



THE LANDSCAPING GUY

I guess.
I don’t know.



WHITE FLY

Looks just like his grandpa.



TWELVE TRUCKLOADS OF GARAGE DOORS

With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.



A FAIRY TALE’S USE

So very brisk and bright.
Who around is the river?



BED BATH & BEYONCE

Maximum strength buyer protection.



THE CABERNET OF DR. CALIGARI

Black currant notes.
Black cherry notes.
Black olive notes.



A CREW OF PINGSTERS ON THE SARGASSO SEA

Some outfit from Belarus.



THE GIRL BEHIND THE COUNTER

I don’t know if she knew anything or not.



RELEASED

Ready to offend again.



PROPRIETARY TECHNOLOGY

Broke down just outside of Dar-es-Salaam.



NO ANNUAL FEE


Night sky filled with asterisks.



Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Random List


  • Your boss was on Jeopardy! In the red after the first two rounds. Ineligible for Final Jeopardy! Her majesty disinvited! Standing before the world in utterly humiliating helplessness as the “Think!” theme plays and the two other contestants continue. Now her board won’t take her calls and the lowliest of subordinates maddog her. Staff meetings have been cancelled. There are no daily touchbases, no webinars, keynotes or culture shifts, no blue ribbon committees, task forces, or roundtables, no retreats, no breakout groups, no brainstorming sessions, no resets, rethinks, reinventions, no more strength-based capacity building.

  • Deep down I tied my skull to the hitching post. My pants cuffs bunched at my ankles like a Shar-Pei, embarrassing if where you need to be is back the other way. But I'm nothing if not gender sensitive.

  • Situational biology meets discontinuous time: you’re pinging off some donkey honking signal, the donkey extraordinarily and exponentially querulous and haranguing, while femme-presenting partners piously pull clothes from the dryer, and stakeholders consult road maps. Oh, did you get a hold of Leo?

  • Tell you what. History is a jolly time hip-hop fabrication that abuts acres of pin down, pinup, proactive, Skyactiv, need to get my nails did melodic ciphering. Rich rolling hills of actor network theories plowed and plaited in braided rows like schoolgirls’ hair, girls who couldn’t do their homework because their dad was drunk and violent and they had to sleep at their cousin’s, their dad, a singer/songwriter who often left audiences embittered,  the songs memorable only for their awfulness, his voice felonious. Other items that have become scarce in the past few weeks include beans and chicken thighs. Shops that stock these items sell them in rationed amounts. Hey so I go in for surgery tomorrow afternoon.

  • Terra cotta polka dot bowtie and blue bell bottom bacteria tumbled through the recesses and high platitudes of screaming nature, tunics torn hell bent to toll roads, the great gate protocol of a howling, spitting, shitting, shrieking outdoors to which so many are in thrall, heedless of sneezing ladybugs and asthmatic dragonflies, an atmosphere of Aqua-net, a herd of pixieish moose with a goose drover (which is actually kind of cool). In my case, leaving my shoes on was a sign of respect.

  • Waiting for the van in front of Wal-Mart, I’ven’t the luxury of detachment, nor the expectation of unclassified highlands. I am affixed to physical attraction, forward positions, lines and curves, lines and points on lines. There’s a prurient interest in mixers That so supersedes what we are doing, but you’re lucky it was only tonight to tell you the truth. Even the barking dogs gagged. When did the norm become the optimum?

  • Living in an intermediate world of the centipede drum and bugle corps, orange and pepper kitties, whereby the a/c is talking to me in a generic sort of way and every leaf-laden limb is hoping for the best for everyone In a generic sort of way. So we should plan a weekday in March.

  • In fustian and motorized blubbering of 20 million people including the family across the street, dispatchers, customer service representatives, financial planners, insurance sales people, people living in and around abandoned schools, bowling alleys, and showrooms, warehouses, salvage yards, distribution centers, where railroad track spurs go off to the weeds to return to dust, male and female created He/She them, there is the sacrament of penance and reconciliation. The confessional is an old movie theater box office. The priest, almost always a female, sits on bar stool inside. (I use her as often as possible and can’t recall ever being less than satisfied; in fact, I’m almost always massively delighted.) The confessor speaks through an opening in the glass panel, as though purchasing a ticket to a movie that has been critically savaged.

  • Bundle your way to happiness, and careful not to trip over bodies or slip on any slick cartridge casings. No sense getting your christening dress dirty over nothing.

  • If I liked to eat finches and towhees and pine siskins and roadrunners and doves and grosbeaks and mockingbirds and orioles and hummingbirds and sparrows and scrubjays and white crowned sparrows and black eye juncos and California quail, I’d been in heaven here, super heaven if you add in rats, gophers, cats, and possums.

  • Her comeback was the insecurity of childhood: conceived on the Metro, born in the bathroom of a donut shop. She was proud of her grandfather, the only doctor in the valley; he kept his artist’s temperament swaddled in a businessman’s soul.

  • We’re on the ride and wearing solar ice caps, living in a forever wide parked in the middle of the Cascades, beneath the iterating faunal sheets of sound, man they have the tracks. I fantasize normal relationships and laundry innovations. Get the rosary beads, in so many words. When did family get codified? Do we know who the mother is? The cool thing about this is the disillusioned can’t see you because you’re a victim. So drop what you’re doing and call right now.

  • Contemplation of the debris of a busted schedule, eyes puffy like a soufflé, her last four digits impounding my imagination. Ah, the pungency of artless sallies! The air paint of birds!

  • My greatest fear—that I’ll be expected to believe the official absurdities while aging disgracefully, concluding with a relentless snarfulling, like a coffee maker concluding its brew. Although there’s pride in ownership of all the right devices, I thought waiting wise. But wise waiting may also be a toxic oxymoron.

  • He bought her a new set of tires for her car, showing paper as well as love. Word of mouth oozed from her fingertips.

  • Passwords and promo codes stuck in my head like the ax in Trotsky’s. Ax not if you got the trots! Ideas route and rumble through my brain like a Snap-On truck selling tools to mechanics at body shops and garages and service departments.

  • Director of audience development at the home of great TV, the absolute best, this guy knows just how to be hilarious; crazy for Botticelli, crazier for El Greco. No one has worked more tirelessly. Hailed by the garage sailing community, his reach is hyper, deep into starry nights, doubled then sealed with triple strength bubble busting pain relievers, and all we have to do is work through lunch. I wonder if that’s him there giving us the eye? And why does he walk as if the floor were wet?



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tawtology

LOW CLOUDS

Amanacer sleeping late.



I HAVE A TWO O’CLOCK

Or actually I have a 12.
Do you have change for a 12?



TAWTOLOGY

I tawt I taw a puddy tat.



CHI-TILLA SKILL SETS

Class, elegance, and a shout out to pops.
In 17 languages.



BUTCH’S SOLAR PANELS

Dollar Car Wash right next door.



FUCK U

U bitch.



GRAPH

Laugh.



WANTED

Graves, blades, gloves, boards, bungee cords.



PRESIDENT ALBONDIGAS

Strikingly alive.



IT’S JUST THIS SISYPHUS THING THAT WE ALL DO

Triple action formula.



HOUSE OF GRACE

I need to stop by here real quick.



WRENCHING

There’s a hurt in every heart.



NEXT LEVEL

Next enemy.



SO HERE’S THE THING

I might know somebody.



SHE’S LIKE ARE YOU SURE YOU SHOULD BE DOING THAT?

I’m like shut up.



I’VE WRITTEN SO MANY BOOKS

There’s no need to read any of them!



GRAB ME A WATER TOO

Thanks.
Hey is this your phone here?



SHE SAID NOW I GET TO HIT YOU ON THE HEAD

It was so funny.



SO AND THEY ABOUT A MONTH AGO

You know what they did?



I THINK THAT’S COOL MAN

I think that’s fucking awesome.







Saturday, September 23, 2017

One for the Books


REMEMBER ABOUT A MONTH AGO?

Well anyway.



WHAT FOLLOWS IS ONLY A SUMMARY

Additional important information is available.



WHEN IS A PLAN NOT A PLAN?

When it is afoot.



AND THERE IT WAS

A ten-foot pole.



DON’T TELL YVONNE OK?

And don't text Rita.



THIS IS WHERE MY MIND GOES

Much thanks.



DO YOU EVER LET YOUR MIND GET TO THAT PLACE?

Which I like their cider, actually.



ACCURATE TO TWENTY DECIMAL PLACES

That's one of the huge pluses.



DOES THE NAME BUD DORRANCE MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU?

Well even if it doesn’t.



THE SITUATION IS FRESH

The suspense yes.



IS IT?

Aww.



WE SAW A THING

Own vs. on-demand.



WHERE’S JORDAN?

There’s Jordan.



CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION

Living off fast food gift cards and grocery outlet wine.



YOU KNOW HOW KIMMI HAS REALLY GOOD SKIN COLORING?

Well.



NO NO THAT’S OK

Yeah no.



THIS LADY CALLED

Is that crystal ball working?



SOMETHING IN MY GUT TOLD ME

I’m like damn.



THEY’RE NOT STILL DOING THAT ARE THEY?

Oh they are.



AND IT JUST IT

I tell you what.



HEY DO YOU GUYS GOLF?

There’s a golf tournament in Dodge City tomorrow.



HOLLYWOOD IS FUMING

Studio heads are flipping their lids.



THE HORSE LAID AN EGG

Right?



AND LIKE I TOLD HER

It definitely could.



THAT’S HOW IT WORKS?

My word.














Saturday, September 16, 2017

Did You Get My Text?

DIFFERENCE MAKERS

They may be Haitian.
They may be Croatian.



FACEBOOK

It got to where
I’d rather watch
Street fights between chicks
On YouTube.
Or infrared images of rats
Getting their skulls bashed in.
Watching them twitch.



SHITSVILLE

You’ll find it in world statistical tables
Look under fucked places to live.



PLYWOOD

A very common window treatment in the neighborhood.



BEDSHEETS AND ALUMINUM FOIL

Also popular.



LA CHAMBA

She’s a beast.



WHITE GUILT

A discontinued line.



PLUS

Get the lowdown on what to do if there's a nuclear attack.



MEMORIES

Drain ‘em and dry ‘em.
Then fry ‘em.
They’re really good.



FASHION CANYON MALL

You heard me.



TRAFFIC

It is amazing we live like this.



PROPELLANT

Ostriches playing soccer.



SHOPPING

There is no death.



CUSTOMER CASH BACK

Friend of the friendless.



GORGEOUS PENDANTS, SCONCES AND LAMPS CAN BE LIFESAVERS

In Dynamic mode.



SHOOT IT

And save!



HURRY

More choices.



INSTANT CANOPY

Just add water.



CLINICALLY PROVEN

Save a buck.
Feel like a billion!



THEY JUST WENT ON SALE

We got ours boom.



DOCTOR RECOMMENDED

Doctora Nocaut!



BILLABLE HOURS

Me being me.



WELL WULL WOLL

It’s up to you.



CON FELIZ

Con permiso.





Saturday, September 9, 2017

Double bill: Drive Time + The Future of Humanity

Drive Time


MASTER BLASTER FROM OUTER SPACE

Your main boy with the joy toy.



TO THE BEAUTIFUL GHETTO CALLED EARTH

On such a winter’s day.



BRUCKNER TOP TO BOTTOM

Like hunting deer and wild boar.



BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER KILLED IT

They slayed that shit.



THE EARLY 70’S

Back then they didn’t have all the makeup.



AND WE STARTED OUT THE SET WITH

Bricolage for Late Stage Dance Hall.
Title track of the new release by Good Pope Bad Pope.



SAY FOLKS

How many times do you catch yourself
Complaining that your feet ain’t right
Due to all the pills and alcohol?



PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR

Jhonny Soy’s Golf and Ammo Shop.



THE FIRST AND ONLY

Quick and easy.
Safe and effective.



TRAFFIC AND WEATHER

Everyone is 100 percent OK.



ALL LANES WERE BLOCKED

But not anymore.



FORECAST

A high of 260.
A low of minus 280.



COMING UP

Ninety minutes of commercial free scherzos.



The Future of Humanity


THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY

Depends on the outcome of  this meeting.



I BASICALLY SAID

You know what?



AND I’M BEGINNING TO THINK

Oh wonderful.



YOU KNOW HOW YOU LIKE

Believe in your heart?



IF I HAD TO GUESS

I’d say unauthorized.



SO MEANING LIKE OK

How much more to go all the way big?



IF I’M HIM

I’m thinking hey.



THEY’LL

What’s?



YEAH

Yeah no.



I REMEMBER SEEING IT

And thinking huh?



SO SHE SAID OH

And then uh.



OH WERE YOU?

That’s super.



WELL TECHNICALLY

But yeah.



I KEEP TELLING MYSELF

It’s OK.
And I keep asking myself
What’s OK?



A SHARED SENSE OF

Uh.



OH GOD

It’s like what?



SO I SIT THERE

For a good maybe 30 seconds.



NOW?

Was it now?



I DON’T KNOW WHAT ANY OF THIS MEANS

But yes.



OR DID I TELL YOU

And not her?



I NEVER REALLY

Thought.
Wow.



UH YOU KNOW WHAT?

Absolutely.







Saturday, September 2, 2017

Labor Day Weekend Reading Roundup


The 80/20 reading to writing ratio assails me like a geomagnetic storm, and there were four prose pieces I had to finish reading before I could start this post: stories by F.X. Toole, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, and Monica Arac DeNyeko, plus an essay by Dubravka Ugrešić (translated from the Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursac). One author from the USA, two from Uganda, and one from Croatia. The writing is excellent and goes from cynical to horrifying, heartbreaking to satirical.

Onward. Here is 2017’s Labor Day in the USA’s 80/20 reading roundup:

1. A poem by Alejandra Piznarik:

DISTRUST

Mama told us of a white forest in Russia: “… and we made little men out of snow and put hats we stole from great-grandfather on their heads … ”
            I eyed her with distrust. What was snow? Why did they make little men? And above all, what’s a great-grandfather?

2. A poem by Jan Wagner (translated from German by David Keplinger) is dope. Click here.

3CA Conrad is a crazy wild treat. Check out the blog.

4. Highlights from urban lit is a regular part of my shop talks, the uninhibited energy and linguistic mashups of the street coloratura that I love so much, and this knockout is from the recently released Ratchet Wives Club: Atlanta Edition (N'Dia  Rae).Here are a few choice bits: 
  • wasted like a drunk white bitch on vacation in Cancun.
  • especially since a bitch was still fly.
  • Now the cops are going to be all in my shit! he barked.
  • My pussy became drench.
  • I was doing all of this for my husband and damn it, he better had survived.
  • You’re a fraud ass bitch.
5By way of compare and contrast: here’s Willa Cather describing “one of those extravagant passions which a handsome country boy of twenty-one sometimes inspires in an angular, spectacled woman of thirty.”
Or Anais Nin: “The (eyes) had in them the roving gaze of the mariner who never attaches himself to what he sees, whose very glance is roving, floating, sailing on, and who looks at every person and object with a sense of the enormous space around them, with a sense of the distance one can put between one’s self and one’s desires, the sense of the enormousness of the world, and of the tides and currents that carry us onward.”

6. After reading a long poem by Walt Whitman (originally untitled, later known as “Song of Myself”) I explored the genealogy of the style I use, the seminal innovators of Language, minimalism, conceptualism, imagists, call it what you will. I’ve written elsewhere about working in the wilderness until I started to notice and clues and markers of others who had been here before me. It encouraged me, as I would hope mine would someday encourage others were the tables to be turned. And so for the record I’m just going to name some names: Craig Dworkin, Robert Grenier, Aram Saroyan, Clark Coolidge, Brian Joseph Davis, Monica De La Torre, Joseph Kosuth, Harryette Mullen, M. NourbeSe Philip, Ara Shirinyan, Jonas Mekas, Larry Eigner, Jeff Derksen, Bernadette Mayer, Charles Bernstein.

7. It was pure fortuity that a second exploration enhanced and expanded upon the first. I came upon a book, a collected poems, in Spanish, by the Mexican Efraín Huerta. My Spanish being poor, I read what I could as I paged through the volume when voila: the poemínimos. Late in Huerta’s career, he developed a new short form of poetry called poemínimo, which combined elements of aphorism, epigraph, and haiku with humor, irony and cynicism, culminating in a book 50 poemínimos (1978). Come to find out these poems belong to a Latin American tradition of short poems by writers including fellow Mexican poet José Juan TabladaUn día (1919), the first collection of haiku published in the Americas; the cosmopolitan Ecuadoran poet Jorge Carrera Andrade’s Microgramas (1940); Ana Rosa Núñez, Cuban-American; and Flavio Herrera of Guatemala. There are more, you are invited to go deeper into short poems at the international level, including haiku and similar, short forms. Charles Trumbell has written extensively on this.

8. Unexpected business had me in Alhambra, California, and it turns out that the city is named after a book by Washington Irving, Tales of the Alhambra.  Based on his travels to the Moorish palace in Spain, Irving published his book in 1832 and revised and completed it in 1851. It is a beautifully written travelogue that gives a good description of Spain in the early and mid 19th century, as well as folklore from centuries prior.  The “Tales” and other writing by Irving that I discovered in the “complete works” gave me a new appreciation for a writer who’d I’d previously known only for “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle.” 

9On this site, a gallery of texts and images, comes a collection of dreams by Maureen Miller presented as emails, a hilarious and inspired commentary on our digitally interconnected, self-obsessed culture. Even the footnotes are LMFAO funny. (Reminds me of Rafael Pérez-Torres now at UCLA, but I studied with him at UC Santa Barbara. He loved footnotes.)

10OK. Gotsta pay the rent, so here’s the link to my Randy Stark Amazon Author’s website, where you can find my most recent book. It’s only a buck!

Before I go, a tip o’ the sombrero to Jerry Lewis—he owned Labor Day weekend with his telethons.