Saturday, May 8, 2021

Choice Bits (a regular feature, savoring the best)


From Measure for Measure, by William Shakespeare 

“If I must die, I will encounter darkness as a bride,
And hug it in mine arms.” 

“’tis the cunning livery of hell.”


From The Man Who Was Thursday, by G.K. Chesterton 

“ticked and terrified the nerves of a neurotic population.”
“ [a hornbill is] a huge yellow beak with a small bird tied on behind it.”


From Walk Through Walls, by Marina Abramović 

“I was sitting around the fire with some tribeswomen when I noticed that they were talking in my head.”


From A Week with a Miami Don, by Zarkia 

“The woman sized her with a stank look on her face.”

“Tell that bitch if she wanna thump, I’m with all that shit.”

“Her hand came up just as quick as she slapped the shit out of the woman before jumping on her and beating the dog shit out of her right in the lobby of Dunkin Donuts.” 

“I treat all my bitches with respect and shit.”

“A nigga been through a lot yo, that’s why I am the way I am.”

“The sisters decided to get lost in a series on Netflix and accompany it with wings and wine.”

“I don’t get this shit.” Jovan expressed.


From The Afterlife of Stars, by Joseph Kertes 

“And then she kissed me and left, pulling the warm air with her.”

“We left our bags and stepped into Hermina’s salon, which was like stepping into a French pastry, all billowy with creams and pallors, marzipan and peach.”

“ rained tables and chairs...”

“Did music live in the mind of the Lord up until the day he wrapped feathers and wings around it?”




From “O Sea, That Knowest Thy Strength” by Effie Lee Newsome  

"The thing in me that is the Sea,
        Intangible, untamed,
        Untamed and wild,
        And wild and weird and strong!”


 From “Ex(ile) by Desiree C. Bailey 

"...a nail sick with rust..."

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

Clinical Trial



Where they remove your desire.
That Closed for the Season feeling
Year Round.
Or your money back.



I wear experimental shorts.



I’m not saying tomorrow.
I’m saying directionwise.
And she says the same thing.



Western White Ass.
Nibbling the leafy wind.



Half were given al pastor.
The other half chorizo.



This confers upon you the professional title of
And thus all rights associated with this title.



Buy one Moorish entrance,
Window or door,
Get one Moorish entrance,
Window or door.



That’s the best hose.
I love that hose.
Have you used that hose?



He talking about he didn’t hear the noise.



How many pages constitutes an attempt?



I miss it.
I miss it so bad.



They know the weather.

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Dr. Dre Ed-ucation

 Warning: this is nasty and mean-spirited. It is also funny and a work of art.

Dr. Dre - Ed-ucation (Lyrics on screen) - YouTube

 They say, uh, a black man is a pimp. Well let me tell you the biggest pimp on planet mother fuckin’ earth… is her momma. It’s her momma that told her, “Get a man that got a good job, girl. Make sure he got a good car, girl. Make sure he can take you out and buy you something girl.”

Whatever happened to just fallin’ in love with a nigga with a bus pass? Just cuz ya loved the nigga. But I’m the pimp motha fucka. I gotta be the playa.

The biggest hoes on planet earth… are walking through the mother fuckin’ neighborhood… you knew when you got with the nigga he already had a woman. You knew he already had a family. But you fucked him anyway. And then you thought you gonna lose the nigga, you went and got pregnant… didn’t ya bitch? Didn’t ya? The old keep-a-nigga baby. And then when the nigga ain’t around… what do ya tell the child? “Oh, that nigga ain’t shit. That’s why yo daddy ain’t here. Cuz that nigga ain’t shit.” How bout being a woman and telling the kid the truth… that yo momma… you was a hoe. Tell the kid, “momma was a hoe, I was weekend pussy, I had you to keep the nigga, it didn’t work out… that’s why he ain’t here.” But he a good nigga… cuz he take care of his real family. I was just a dumb bitch.

–Dr. Dre (Ed-Ucation- 2001)


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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Jackie McLean

Jackie McLean was among the best of the golden age of American jazz, late 1940’s through the late 1960’s. He was also one of those who continued performing and composing beyond that time; in Jackie McLean’s case into the 21st century. 

I read this about him recently: 

“McLean was a heroin addict throughout his early career, and the resulting loss of his New York City cabaret card forced him to undertake a large number of recording dates to earn income in the absence of nightclub performance opportunities. Consequently, he produced an extensive body of recorded work in the 1950s and 1960s.” 

It’s not funny but you look at the lists of him at this site Jackie McLean - Wikipedia and its true: as a leader and as a sideman, he was everywhere, and he performed and wrote for his fellow giants of that time. I mean look at those names. 

Two of my favorites albums: as a sideman on this Charles Mingus work of art Pithecanthropus Erectus (album) - Wikipedia and then as a leader A Fickle Sonance. 

Thankfully, Jackie McLean overcame his addiction and, as mentioned, continued to perform well after the late 1960’s. Here’s a link to a 1986 performance with Mal Waldron’s unit MAL WALDRON & JACKIE McLEAN - YouTube 

And there’s this bootleg (circa 1970?) of his own group Jackie McLean Sextet Live @Music Inn (Roma) Bootleg - YouTube 

I think the titles of two of his albums are a good summary of Jackie McLean: 

Lights Out!  Destination…Out!


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Thursday, April 15, 2021

A Thursday in the middle of National Poetry Month Special


Grounds for sharing three recent works from the Head Light blog at Write Up The Road Media. 

Woman with a Fan

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