Saturday, September 18, 2021

Crib Notes

I performed heart bypass surgery on my dog
Using new wave practices I'm super excited about,
Guided by a video on YouTube.
Jessie was my surgical assistant,
Kirby was the technologist,
D.J. was the nurse, R. J. his twin was the radiographer,
And Vanna was the anesthesiologist.
The operating table was 
Unsanded,
Four by eight,
A sheet of plywood
Atop four Burro brand sawhorses.
Important safeguards
Were in place, though we were shy
Certain mission critical tools and systems.

We launched a Zoom event,
All trompe l’oeil and fin du monde.
But the connection was unstable,
Cutting in and out,
Kinda slud my mind off the edge of reality,
Causing my dog's intestines to glitch out elaborately.
And then somebody called the health department.
I’m a very time sensitive guy.
I grew up in a token-defined community
Like any chainbased artist
Ready for the spotlight.
Maybe that shows a cultural bias,
A kind of privilege around a kind of whatever.
Personally?
I totally feel bad.

 

 

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Climate Change

painting by Andre Derain


Freeway traffic, flowing, like lava.
What does unlimited mean?
Answers concealed in distressed wood.
A 9.5 lb. lobster cut me off.
I was like oh no.
Not on my route.
You want to start some shit?
I don’t give a fuck.

In the wake of flux
A faction is born.
A sort of
Understanding I guess,
Everybody waiting for the ten-year to go up,
To bring them closer to the people
And the things they love,
But right now they're sitting in my front yard.

Across devices I hear panic sweeping.
The sound flickers but
It’s not gunfire, it’s the refrigerator.
Don’t get your paddle twisted.
When deputies arrived, they found a fifteen-year
Fixed, throwback merch,
And the artist at work,
Subverting the dominant codes.



 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Choice Bits (a continuing series)

 
Cassette cover design by Joseph Keppler, photo by Neil D. Novello






















Within the context of the literary world, living as I thought I would, in constant creative mode, a little crazy, I went to the beach to clear my head. The whoosh of the ocean, the smooth waves, a crispness like turning pages of the family Bible. While I was changing residences I paused reading, but now I’m back at it. 

Here are some choice bits from the immersion más rápido: 

it’s hard to get lost

with the same stores

on every block. 

(From “Enough Silence”)



Whatever state you are, I’ll be that state’s bird.



No border town is anything but a border town.



Young enough to think desire alone shapes the world.



Tables flipping, chips flying, kung fu breaking out all over the place.

A leading man trapped in the body of an extra.



There are violins playing. The violins are on fire—
they are passed around until we’re all smoking…

I put Mom and Dad in charge of balloons
let them blow as many years of my brother’s names,
jails, twenty-dollar bills, midnight phone calls,
fistfights, and ER visits as they could let go of…

(From “No More Cake Here”)



That might have gone on for a long time—even forever, or the equivalent.



The best part of America is the junk food.

Eliza forces a smile, one that makes her look like a wolf with a facial tic or a violent offender.



my dad’s girlfriend was short, like a broken tree trunk.

my skin itched like there were little tiny ants carrying sticks of fire and doing somersaults and cartwheels all over my body.

[the girls] had stubby necks that reminded me of how my Barbies looked after I snapped their heads off and then screwed them tightly back in.



“shop our way to sustainability”

“chronic relapse”



Psyops is all about unusual thinking, man. We want ideas blown up right to where they’re gonna pop. We’re on the cutting edge of reality itself. Right where it turns into a dream.



 “souvenir ethics”



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Friday, September 10, 2021

Small World

 


















THE DEVIL YOU DON’T

He walks in
And I’m like
Oh hell no.


UMM HMM

And I mentioned your name.


FOR HIM

For him and for her.


DUDE

Went from backhoe operator to lead man on the job.
Thing is he can’t put two and two together.


SMALL WORLD

I said to her, “Men can be a-holes.”
“Oh,” she replied. “You know my ex-husband.”


MARRYING A VEGETARIAN

The only difference will be your meat.
So yes, your together awaits.


SHE TEXTED ME YESTERDAY

And said she wanted to stop by.
I said no.


HIS REAL DAD

Played Tarzan on TV.


MOMMY’S SO PROUD OF YOU

When I said it’s time to go
You didn’t throw a fit!
That’s a good boy.




 © 2021 Randy Stark

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Saturday, September 4, 2021

I've heard the names

 

Labor Day weekend party for trowels














KAYDEE AND KIONA

You were good babies.
Other women would come up
Oh I just want to hold them
And they would dance around with you.


MR ZIP

Shotcaller.


IS THERE SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT TELLING US?

Continued Connie.


MORPHO THE HUMAN PROBLEM SOLVER

I know he sticks in all y’alls craws.


ST. SEBASTIAN THE ANTI-VAXXER

These martyrs sometimes
They force you to
Hunt them down
And stab them,
Stab and stab and stab them.


ST. CATHERINE THE MISSER OUTER

Never had McDonald’s.


NAFEESA’S GOING TO SEE HAMILTON

Actually, she wanted to see Wicked.


WHERE’S QUENTIN?

Quentin needed bait.


THE LATINX MARX

On Ethnonymical Fetishism.


MACHIAVELLI ADDENDUM

Toss ‘em a national holiday.


MISS MANNERS IS STRUGGLING TO REMEMBER

It’s somewhere in her phone.


JOHANNES

I was so mad, I was calling him Ludwig.


SVANA

You automatically think
Oh my gosh.
She must be an Olympic athlete.


TRASH DAY

Morning Al.
Morning Akeem.

 

 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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Friday, September 3, 2021

The Tragedy of Big Macdaddybeth












They act in tandem
Against the world’s injustices.
Big Macdaddybeth.
LadyMamaMacbeth.

He revs. She revs.
Big Macdaddybeth: 
If we should fail?

LadyMamaMacbeth:
We fail?
But screw your courage to the sticking place,
And we'll not fail.

I still have the video.
He’s like what happened?
You know?
What went wrong?


 

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Three Poems

 

SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S CONCERN


Exercising my right to wait in line,
Idiopathic anger descends upon me.

The nominal present is a cusp, a springboard,
A platform as capricious as Salisbury steak.

A grounder to short sparks unrest and outrage.
A meme-like ladder rope dropped from the moon.

Crotch rockets roasted fancy.
Fancy Danika slamming dope.

Good churn bad churn.
Safety is everyone’s concern.


LONZO’S

Gay as hell.
Gay as fuck.
Top tier gay shit.
I’m pretty sure it’s Lonzo’s.


THAT PITCH IS A STRIKE ALL DAY LONG

Your personal note, handwritten, arrived today,
A lovely expression recorded on fine, scented stationery,
Matching envelope sealed with wax and your monogram.
And delivered by special courier.
It means nothing to me.
Your like on my Instagram, however
Means the world.



© 2021 Randy Stark

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Untitled

Say bud
Hey I’m
Yeah yeah yeah no

And it
You know
It’s everybody

There was a guy
Right across the driveway there
Yeah and then

The one woman by the
Imagine
Oh how funny

So she and
See so I’ve been
But here’s the thing


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Saturday, August 21, 2021

What We Gonna Do


 















We gonna dedicate this to
Brand ambassadors and gender reifiers,
Godheads and goatheads,
Pharmacists and field workers,
Expeditionary forces and support wings,
Guilds, clans, cohorts,
Territory managers and iconoclastic hackers,
Contractors and code switchers,
Disney princesses and trust fund seniors,
Eidolons and limnologists.

We gonna listen to multilateralizers like the
The Crypto Economy Undersecretary and
A trope teasing meme grabbing ASL interpreter and
A master chocolatier pierced by his own pièce de résistance,
The chief content officer
For things of a must-see nature,
Bagwell The Exceptionist
To discuss the mating habits of slugs.
And then we gonna do so much tax deductible good
People be calling us filthy stinking rich.




© 2021 Randy Stark
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Friday, August 20, 2021

Spanish 23:59/7


















The house on Daybust Drive.
The orchard is chaos,
Ladders and boom boxes,
Stackable washers and dryers,
Monarch butterflies,
Red hot dragonflies,
Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries,
Brown and maroon caterpillars,
Tiny trams on unmapped routes,
Chirping squirrels,
Red tail hawks lacing the sky.
 
A Mexican family lives next door.
Daughter in college, home for the summer.
Que pinche cute.
Rocking smile, smart glasses and pretty legs.
Trending good to go.
Hacked my hot spot.
My heart vents.
Here I am!
When you need one
Where’s a celebrity
To convince you to love me?


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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Something for Everyone

 
drawing by Beatrice Wood



















GRISAILLE

Authorities interrogating a text.
Just breathe.
Where they want you to come in.
And how about you sit there.
So they can triage you.
I was wondering.
Every time he’d ask
Howz yer multimodality going?
We’d all fucking die laughing.
Do your practices run parallel, or do you work across disciplines?
Then a legit big time punch right to the grille.


THE NATURAL ORDER OF THINGS

Said they would send me an email.
And I kept not getting it.
And I kept not getting it.
And I kept not getting it.
They didn’t return my calls.
I told my daughter hey.
You know?
All stops are brief.


A NOMNAL PRESENT

To prevent further deadly misunderstandings
As well as black mold on our radio buttons:
Hate comments (disagreements) will be deleted.
Misinformation (other points of view) will be blocked.
Threats (“You’re wrong”) will be reported to the authorities.
Tones shall be pitched to a six-year-old’s Christmas.



© 2021 Randy Stark

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Friday, August 13, 2021

No, but OK

 

















Priest serves Mass in full hazmat.
I think she thinks
Streaming will make you whole.
Own now.
Watch instantly.
Everybody’s like huh?
I’m all wow.

They need to like hire
Someone from outside,
A Mexican nai nai,
Projecting passion, strength and power,
Chonklas at every command post,
And geared towards consistently breaking barriers
When it comes to equality, social justice, and mental health.

I mean me personally
I’ve tasted heaven, $119.50 per dose.
I’ve been stuck at spicy level #3
For the past five and a half weeks.
Everything is yeah maybe,
But it’s possible it’s the opposite, too.
I mean what is today?



© 2021 Randy Stark
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Thursday, August 12, 2021

A humid afternoon in the summer

Gray's smoothie ensemble

















Some music:

Pete Jolly was a stylist presence in the L.A. jazz scene from that 1950’s early 1960’s hot spot. This new YouTube post is a fantastic document.


And my today’s Head Light post:

 

 

Saturday, August 7, 2021

The More You Get from the Internet, the More You Get from Life

I hit the blogosphere hard this morning
Like a Serena Williams backhand,
Like homeport when an aircraft carrier returns,
To, as they say, drive home a point,
Like you drive home a nail.

Cocktail conversation used to be real estate and traffic,
Container shipping and logistics.
Then, it was real estate and the pet trainer on cable.
Now, it’s real estate and must-see TV and vaccines.
Spoiler alerts, trigger warnings.

To keep reading, you must register.
Proof of vaccination is required to register.
You must be up-to-date on all boosters
And have been tested within the past two days.
Masks must be worn at all times.




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Friday, August 6, 2021

Special First Friday Choice Bits!

 

Dis your buuusssday! I have trost you will enjoy!


from Entries: L.A. Log, by Eloise Klein Healy

#5

coiling out to Malibu
on a copper strand
my sunglasses shine
like two westbound storefronts
open to the scenery business.


#7

I note the traffic patterns
of two Western Gulls
flying the Santa Monica Freeway,
sooty boomerangs
arching across their backs
as they exit up.


from Dividing the Fields by Eloise Klein Healy

Plants would get most answers right
if left to themselves.

And that moon tonight,
you watch it.
That moon and those trees
have worked together dividing things
since they were girls.


from The Committed, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

“We all become accustomed to the aroma of our own contradictions.”


from Wind in a Box, by Terrance Hayes

“Nights of inviolate wine and laughter, mornings with a finch opera outside our windows.”


from an interview with Meridel Le Sueur

Question: You don't write much about love—romance. Is that because that's bourgeois?

Meridel Le Sueur: Yes, it's bourgeois. I was trying to get away from bourgeois ideologies of sex, of romance and the family…


some beauty shop talk from Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison

“Must not be working out if she’s trying to kill him.”

“Be just like her. No appointment. No nothing. Come in here all late and wrong and want something fancy.”






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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Ripped from Today's Head Light

A sonnet created from writings by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Please click below.

Head Light, August 5, 2021, "Sonnet"

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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Two Poems

 










THROUGH THE LENS OF INTERIORITY

I’m framed the same way, dude.
Excuse me while I stream what I love:
Bare knuckle fighting.
Fishing show.
Border patrol.
Butterflies and motorcycles.
Randy +.
Fuck AppleTV+, Disney+, A+, this +, that +,
Fuck all the pluses that ever was.
Even at the apex of the zenith of the height of my animal magnetism,
I never considered love to be the best use of my time.

 

REAL HONEY

Unpacking hypervisibility.
Colossi astride Netflix.
Demonizers and demonetizers.
Ready mixers and kitty haulers.
Fence builders and privileged mooches.
Bullet makers and ballet creators.
Mechanics, welders, ceramicists.
Show runners and yard narcs.
Soil testers and window cleaners.
Kantians and non-Kantians.
Licensed agents and living legends.
Rurales, federales, bandoleros.
Prophets, statisticians,
Vicinity focusing technicians.
Geomancers and cradle Catholics.
Coastal locals and exotic aliens.
The stars of tomorrow. 

 

 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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Friday, July 30, 2021

Saturday, July 24, 2021

También de Randy Stark



You amazing to me.
You are destroy my guys last time.
I have some many questions:
Today mission,
He is meet with Supergirl?
I warning you.
She definitely has to be come back here.

I’m sorry I don’t know what is actury.
I want to say about important thing:
We ready did this and we ready did that.
None stop!
Unberievable!
They always be people ahead of it's time.
1 days remain.

I love you sing.
I not sure
I can go to the show
In the car which are
Headed to the arena of competition.
I don’t think so it’s gonna happen.
Fifty-fifty.

Sirty sousand subscribes.
My popuroar make me flustelated.
Especiarry the fust time.
I enjoy bring it to you.
I barely getting any slip.
My English is very little.
But I no geev up.

 

 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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Saturday, July 17, 2021

On the Main

 




GET FAST RELIEF

Scratch and win!


BITE SIZE PIECES

No, I don’t want one.
I want the bag.


YOUR WIFE

We love her.
We really do.
She’s just awesome.


OOPS

The truck made it through
The intersection.
The trailer didn’t.


ANATOMY 101

One side of the heart takes care of the vital organs.
The other side of the heart takes care of the peripherals.


THAT’S THAT NANOTECHNOLOGY

This season’s crop
Is the best I have seen in many years.
They are sweet, juicy, and big.


IN TODAY’S MULTICULTURAL ENVIRONMENT

Jollyboats ariot!


GOPHERS

The kind you find their guts in the driveway.


PURCHASING

Everything
Has to
Go through
Purchasing.


THE ORCHESTRA DURING THE PANDEMIC

Disconcerted for over a year.


BOY I TELL YOU WHAT

Fourteen years ago
Seems like yesterday.


DO YOUR FRIENDS NEED MENUS?

Do you need a menu?


DOWNPOUR

I wouldn’t say it was a punishing rain,
But it definitely gave us a stern talking to.


OK SO

What are my choices?
What else do I get?


HUMAN BEING

It’s easy.
Here’s how it works.

 

 

 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Names to be Reckoned With

 




NELLIE

Supersonic and preapproved
At the sapphire level.


LEBRON OR JORDAN

Who had the greater impact?
I want to say LeBron.


GIANNA

Two tall boys
Wouldn’t be enough
For her.
She’s tough.
Everybody in line can see
She’s buying them for me.


SAW HIM AND JUNIOR BROWN

At Bumbershoot,
Oh,
I forget what year.


COURTNEY

She’s not even real.
Right?


SHELLEY CAN TELL

With 98 percent accuracy
A book by its cover,
And whether I’ll like it.


A MESSAGE FROM ISAAC AND ISRAEL

May your feet be wrapped in velvet
And your coffin lined with birdsong.


SHIRTLESS JONATHAN

I got a call from Shirtless Jonathan the other day.
You remember Shirtless Jonathan?


PLATO

We found 41 records in 12 states for Plato.
The top state of residence is California, followed by New Jersey.
The average Plato is around 52 years of age,
With around 50% falling into the age group of 41-60.


AHAB

In L.A. on business.


ME AND TREEZA

We got back together.
Conversationally or whatever.
In fact she called me last night.


SCARLETT

Scarlett stole the chartreuse snake.

 

MY MAN OSSIAN

And his queen
Hot Dog Buns.
They’ve been together this long.
Something’s working.
Let sleeping kitties twitch.

 

 

 

 

 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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Saturday, July 3, 2021

Hot Air

 


RANDY STARK'S MISSION STATEMENT


This my shit, and don’t nobody run shit in this bitch but me.


RANDY STARK’S RULES FOR LIVING

Always be able to afford to be a sucker.
Never be in a position where a bad call could beat you.


RANDY STARK’S RULES FOR WRITING

Make it as simple as possible, and then simpler.
The effect must be vivid, instantaneous and unmistakable.


RANDY STARK’S STYLE

Strange hyphenation, g-
Od and fu-
Rther e-
T Cetera.


RANDY STARK’S PLEDGE TO YOU

I will never use genre tropes to subvert your expectations.


HOW I WORK

I’m on it.
Then presto agitato
I’m finished.

No marketing. No social media. No public readings.
No graduate degree or doctorate in creative writing.
No schmoozing, no ass-kissing, brown nosing.

Followers? Likes? Views?
More algorithms have read my work than actual human beings.
And if editors don’t want to publish what I write, I can’t stop them.


© 2021 Randy Stark
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Friday, July 2, 2021

First Friday Special Edition Shop Talk: Welcome to the Neighborhood

Who knocks? Oh yes, Dear old July… always impetuous
The door is open, but take your time – I’m bronzed;
At leisure enjoying the last gold of mangoes and sun. 



Santa Barbara Library















LIBRARY CARDS IN MY PAST

Public library in Albuquerque.
Public library in Torrance.
School library at Torrance High School.
Public library in Redondo Beach.
School libraries at the University of Southern California.
Public library in San Clemente.
Public library in Seattle.
Public library in Santa Barbara.
School libraries at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Public library in Hemet.


AND THEN

Yesterday, I checked out books for the first time from the public library in the city I just moved to.  Three books of poetry, each a winner and finalist for prestigious awards in years gone by. 

The first one was boring because it was all about the poet (confessional they used to call it) and inasmuch as I wasn’t as in love with the poet as they obviously are with themselves, and every little detail of her frankly not that exciting of a life, I lost interest quickly. 

The second book was a pissed off poet, apparently the sort of person who waits grumpily hoping somebody will do something they find offensive so they can then go off in the most tendentious and sour fashion about how the culture is shit, and people are stupid, and everything sucks. Same culture that’s been paying their salary for years for sitting in endowed chairs at the universities, same culture that underwrites the publication of their books, same culture that they accept invitations from to be on its television shows and podcasts, etc. etc. Go fuck yourselves. 

The third book (Whereas, by Layli Long Soldier) was my favorite. While every bit as personal and passionate as the two books above, it also was, pardon the expression, a work of art, using vibrant language and page design in creative ways.


CLOSURE

This special event has ended.

 

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