Wednesday, July 25, 2018

In the Back of My Mind, Part II


MEXICAN FRANKENSTEIN

Behind the wheel of a lazy lagoon blue 1962 Ford Falcon.



SUMMER BLOG EVENT

Do you want to make it a meal?



AVERILL, ALABAMA

State home for befuddled management analysts.



THE RIVER

Enraged by runoff.



WILDERNESS

Overrun with order.



ULTIMATE BUDDHIST

No purpose.
No value.
My happy place.



REAL FOOD

Not baby food.



QUIET

Not talk much.



THE DOG

She licking her ass again?



VICTORY BOULEVARD

Winners of tickets to see King Tut.



TECHNO AND HOUSE

From the creator of Welcome to the Anthropocene.



TENNYSON, TENNESSEE

I shined shoes in my dad’s barbershop.



CHANGE

The worst of it really is is
If it’s not where you remember it being,
It’s somewhere else not far.



THE GUY THAT CRASHED THE PLANE IN ALASKA

Didn’t even see the mountain.



PINNACLE PETE’S

All you can eat.



THAI PEOPLE

They’re just so nice.
Have you ever been to Thailand?



SEPARATION

Like the coffered ceiling from the granite floor
In the grand lobby of the opera house.



RANDOM, LOUISIANA

Twice the pelican tipped.
But not once the cow and not once the pig.



PUSH COMES TO SHOVE

Dirty rice and double meat.



FLUGELHORN DRIVE

Valves and Conceptualists.
Marinating in multicultural juices.
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PAGEANTRY

At the feeders like at the mini marts.
Energy drinks, seeds, red vines.



IN THE BACK OF MY MIND

OK then that’s what it is.





Saturday, July 21, 2018

Monsoonal Annotations

Because at one time in my life I collected movie soundtrack albums, I thoroughly enjoyed recently reading Gary Marmostein’s book, Hollywood Rhapsody: Movie Music and its Makers, 1900-1975, and getting some backstory about them and other aspects of music used in Hollywood. In the section about jazz and the movies he cites a book, West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California 1945-1960 by Ted Gioia. So I jumped on it. I have an ok collection of LA jazz from that period, so I enjoyed learning more about what I have and what I’ve been missing. There’s a nice chapter about The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach. Another about Art Pepper. And there’s plenty of new to me biographical information about artists like Hampton Hawes, Harold Land, Ornette Coleman, et. al.

The reason for the Sandy Dennis photo is when I was a sensitive, romantic, artistic teenager I had a huge crush on her, especially due to Up the Down Staircase. I owned the original soundtrack album, music by Fred Karlin, one of the movie music makers. And she was living with Gerry Mulligan, who earlier in his career was part of the LA jazz scene. 

And still speaking of movies, I've got a part in a film that starts shooting next week. I've got to get my hair cut a la 1962 Idaho.

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True Enough to Wonder


UP WITH THE SCORPIONS

She picks through a public ashtray for a butt to smoke.
And another one she’ll save for later.



LOOK AT THAT HAIR

Put a hat on if you’re going to rock that shit.



SO MANY PARTIES, SO MUCH CHEX

Fennel for swallowtails.
Milkweed for monarchs.
Flash mob of quail.



HER BIRTHDAY

The same day they landed on the moon.



THE ONLY THING I CAN FIGURE IS

(Pop of the next can of beer.)



TIME CARRYING ITS OWN LEASH

How cute.



SIX ONE HUNDRED AND SIX

What the fuck difference does it make?
Let the punishment fit the crime.



BUFFETED BY THE DEEP TISSUE HELL OF ROILING RING TONES

I’m frequently stupider than I give myself credit for.



SO I WAS TALKING TO HER

And I was
Telling her
When he says it
It’s like
True enough to wonder.



U O IT 2 YRSLF

Free body fat analysis.
Guaranteed winning scratchers.



WHAT HAPPENED WAS

We drove to Nashville.



WE WENT JUST HER AND I

You figure it’s a seven-hour drive.




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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Unspooling


SO I’M ON THE PHONE

I’m talking to Virgil.



WE THOUGHT IT WAS TOOTS

No it was Emile and he was mad.



NYANTHO (THE JURISPRUDENT)

His ass is staying right here.



MAUD AND I TOGETHER WE

I’d say three.
Maybe four.



ZAID THREW TOGETHER A BAND

Re/sounds.



UNCLE RHYS

Too young of an exposure to
U-Hauls and bowling alley cocktail lounges.



ME AND ZORA NEALE HURSTON

We liked anthropology.



GUILLERMO LIVED IN LA RANA

We worked together.



SOREN

He predeceased himself
In that patented patented style.



ZENO’S GETTING AHEAD OF HIMSELF

And there’s a border in every direction.



LIKE I TOLD TALA

Most everything’s on a timer.



BUT LOUIE ONCE IN AWHILE

Louie would bring us out hamburgers.



DANIELLE?

Danielle’s probably.
If I had to guess.
I would say.
Umm.



JURAJ KRISTOF

He was notorious.



WAKE UP RAEESHA

Raeesha!



VANTRICE SAYS

I enjoy smashing the patriarchy,
Obliterating gender binaries,
And making new friends.



MR. SONG

I wonder whatever happened to him.



AUGUST AND ARCHER

Be sure and give them our regards.



I REMEMBER HADIYAH WENT UP

We went up.



DAVE FROM PERFORMANCE PUMPING

Deep set eyes of busted out windows.
Taciturn as scrap metal.



LINH

What would you recommend?



JOHNNYCAKES

I’m done talking.



Saturday, July 14, 2018

Day Drinking


STILL LIFE WITH SNOT DRIP

Romero and Juliet.
East of Egypt.
Cold Mountain Racket Club.



TOPLESS HOSPITAL

IV pole dancing.



OPEN HOUSE

Free reputation analysis.



EFFORTLESS STYLE

It’s hard.



SUPER IMPORTANT THINGS

Seldom are a sort of something else.



FADING DESIRE

Leftovers from the day before and the day before that.



MAYHEM, JUNEHEM, JULYHEM

Fatal stabbing at a baby shower.
Fatal shooting at a wedding reception.
Fatal stomping at a funeral.



COLLAPSE

Upthrusts of dust and debris



CHILDHOOD

Mogul of dirt.
Mud Hall of Fame.



WARRIOR

Sword of endless pour.
Shield of rearview mirrors.



SINFONIETTA

For cellophane and cello.



BIG MAMA EARTH

Something deep inside.



DAY DRINKING

And who could blame you?



DOPE

There’s never been a better time.



JURIED EXHIBITIONS

Hearing voices.



ENCORE

Rewilded.



COSTCO

I got married there.



PLANT MANAGER

On strong wings flying.



FEMALE AND MALE

Both sing.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Surprise Us (but not too much)

FANS ARE BUZZING

As bees in meadows
Performing love’s regatta
Cheer on an octopus plus coxswain
Outfoxing all other coxed eights
And rocking a cottonmouth escort!



YOU KNOW I THINK YOU’RE RIGHT

About taking off that heavy quilt.



CAN’T HEAR THE ORCHESTRA BAOBAB FOR THE SWAMP COOLER

Early Orchestra Baobab.



I’M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO

You know that feeling?



MY MIND IS HARDLY LESS SWIFT OF FOOT

Than the birds of the air are of wing.
Two beers closer to the umber foothills of paradise.



OK NO YEAH

It may be available.



NOBODY NEVER GOT OVER NOTHING NOT

Sitting inside drinking
Waiting for it to be cool enough to be
Sitting outside drinking
They didn’t.



I LIKE ‘EM FLAME HIPPED AND LABILE

The more labile the more liable.



FEELS LIKE

Feta and basil.



FOREVER THIS STICKS IN MY HEAD

What does it mean?
I wish I knew
What’s being said.



EVERY TIME I ENTER

My feelings flies.



HEAT ENGULFS ME WITH CRAZE

I love you your music.



 EXITS A CHARMER

I am so amazed of this!



CASHEW NUTS SALAD

Specialist in all style.



WHILE PLAYING WITH THIS IDEA

I rear-ended a big rig.



BOTH

Best thing that ever happened to me.
Biggest mistake I ever made.



FLORENCE, OREGON

She said it was the first time she had stayed with a man in a motel.
I looked at her. Get used to it, I said.



FOLKS ARE NOW LIKE WAIT A MINUTE

Another royal wedding?