Saturday, February 27, 2021

What Can I Make Fresh for You Today?

WORDSWORTH IN HEMET

More than warbling, I daresay.
It was kind of like weird.


WHAT MOSES SAID

If you choose to play by fantasy rules
Be ready for what you aren’t expecting.


NEXT LEVEL SANTA

Treated like Caesar.
Wearing a mask.
Hitting a bucket of balls.
Gravity has mass.


I AM SHOUVIK

I think to myself sometimes wow.


BRENDA

I loved that little Brenda.


BACK ON DAYS

Hi my name’s Alexis what can I make fresh for you today?


POOR PIETRO

He’s a mess.


MILDRED

She looks terrible.


THERE’S NO JESSICA

In Romeo and Juliet.


THE ARNOLD SCHOENBERG EXPERIENCE – LIVE!

“Here’s a thing we like to call Pierre R.”


I MEET WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN THE UNIVERSE

Your name never comes up.


TERESA

Sit yourself down here.
Make yourself at home.
Teresa, where do you hail from?


JACK BUDDHIST

It’s mine.


KANONI

She likes that fancy butter.


WE’RE FACING AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS, RANDY

I hate when people say my name that way.


HANK AARON

If I could write 755 home run poems
I’d be existential.

 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Choice Bits: Special Sunday Edition


 On Beauty, by Zadie Smith, 2005 

The best RHYTHM in dialogue since J.D. Salinger, IMO. Everybody talks good. 

I could copy the entire novel because choice bits are everywhere. So I’ll just quote a few. 

In a classroom: 

 “…another girl who looked no older than fourteen with a railroad on her teeth.” 

Out in public (from when people congregated in public): 

“…they looked very happy—but what did that mean? Wellington couples had a talent for looking happy.” 

“Each couple is its own vaudeville act.” 

“They were smooth and bright, and their timing was wonderful, and they were young and hilarious. It was really something to see, they thought, and this was why they spoke loudly and gestured, inviting onlookers to admire.” 

“…she made you feel that just being in this moment, doing this thing, was the most important and marvelous possibility for you.” 

And here’s a discussion between Zadie Smith and another awfully good writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, who I’ve cited in a previous Choice Bits. (Skip past the intro.) 

Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with Zadie Smith - YouTube


 

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

It's On the Truck

CHECKING

Checking and checking and checking.


THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL

Is I don’t have premium.


ROLE PLAYING

I’m a block of suet in a cage.
Birds peck at me like Roman numerals.


MEMORY CARE

How many of the 17 avenues in Monopoly can U name?


TWO CANS OF SOUP

That’s what anger can do:
Make you crazy. Who goes to Walmart
Just to buy two cans of soup?


SCREEN POSITIVITY

I believe in what I call
Screen positivity
She said
Of her entertainment philosophy.


PLEASANTVILLE

Deadly nightshade is actually just rude more than anything.
And dead man’s curve is a straightaway.


ABACUS

Your activation is required.


HAPPINESS

It’s on the truck.


REWILDING

Home from skoo.


TWO HOURS OF HOLIDAY PAY

The lady goes it’s clearly stated in the handbook.
I told her oh no I researched it.
I told her I said I’m calling the labor board.


MEAT PHONE

I mean yeah in a way it’s kind of neat.
Definitely a total niche thing.


CLOTHES

I haven’t worn this in forever.
These I never wore.


WORRY

Is my identity now at risk after holiday shopping?


DREAM COME TRUE

I’ve always wanted to live in a shithole country.
Now thanks to your ass
USA USA USA.


BREAKFAST SPECIAL

I’ll take the two eggs, half waffle, half armadillo.
The armadillo real crisp. It'll break if you drop it. 

 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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Friday, February 19, 2021

Friday Special: Music!

 


These are two recent posts from Write Up The Road's blog, Head Light.

They consist of links to music and musicians I've been listening to recently. Plus a few remarks.



Music Notes, part one



Music Notes, part two

 

 





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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Hailing

A little of this, a little of that.
I’m only a little less than two-thirds white,
One sixth black, one twelfth Native American,
And just a little more than one twelfth Mexican.
But this morning (and mornings are when I do my best work)
It was funny, it was like wait;
I’m identifying as Asian! 

How many sources of oppression have you been disadvantaged by? 

From a ten point plan
To three simple steps
Majuscule to majuscule to majuscule.
And not asking if
You want to see my penis, my dick, my schlong
Is the new normal?
I don’t know, I haven’t tried. 

I can’t stand the suspense is I guess the problem.

You just be careful I said.
Give it its due, the past.
Say Hi to the camera
If you can.
Yeah. Yeah.
Like that.
Wait, well no. 

Is that right? 

 

© 2021 Randy Stark

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Friday, February 12, 2021

"I Can't Get Started," performed by Sammy Davis, Jr.


Sammy Davis, Jr. on Late Night: "I Can't Get Started" - YouTube

I was perusing tables of contents and noticed in the Library of America’s anthology of twentieth-century poetry, lyricists are included, and Ira Gershwin’s lyrics to the song “I Can’t Get Started” is one of the entries. (Vernon Duke wrote the music.)  Coincidently, my friend Neil Novello and I had been sharing some video clips and comments featuring Sammy Davis, Jr., and one of the clips is Sammy singing “I Can’t Get Started,” from David Letterman’s show in 1989. Click here. Wow.

 

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

A Poem by Gwendolyn Brooks

 

my dreams, my works, must wait till after hell

I hold my honey and I store my bread
In little jars and cabinets of my will.
I label clearly, and each latch and lid
I bid, Be firm till I return from hell.
I am very hungry. I am incomplete.
And none can give me any word but Wait,
The puny light. I keep my eyes pointed in;
Hoping that, when the devil days of my hurt
Drag out to their last dregs and I resume
On such legs as are left me, in such heart
As I can manage, remember to go home,
My taste will not have turned insensitive
To honey and bread old purity could love. 

Gwendolyn Brooks


Saturday, January 30, 2021

Redoing the Floors

JUPITER WEST

Wasn’t that a club out on I-16?


PLACES LONG CLOSED

That trip’s getting tiresome.


HOW OVER IT FEELS

I could hear it in her voice.
She was like done.


RUSSIANS HACKED MY WEBSITE

Fuckers.


WE ALSO WANT TO ADDRESS

Other lifestyle habits that can impact brain health.


MY GRANDMOTHER SHE TOLD ME SHE SAID

Moonlight through the stable window
Means little to a blindered horse.


SCENE TWO

The same.


IT WAS ONE OF THOSE OOOO SHOULD WE DO IT?

There’s a fireplace in the master suite
And a little sunken seating area.


WE CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH

Well, yes you can.


DOES MY SKIN LOOK SOFT?

Good.


SHE SAID

He nodded.


AND SHE’S LIKE

Eventually we want to redo the floors.
Like a dark, dark, dark brown.
Super dark brown.


¡VENTA EXTENDIDA!

60 percent off.
Everything.
60 percent off.


LOOK AT THIS TABLE

They weep.


LOOK AT THIS DOOR

They weep.

© 2021 Randy Stark

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Introducing Relativity to an Accelerating Universe

Now’s your opportunity
All you lobster lovers.
Your information is important to us.
Don’t wait.
Connect effortlessly.
Watch live without cable.
Save time.
Save your free spot.
Classes begin soon.
Tell your doctor.
Add to cart.
Continue shopping.
Support physical distancing.
Travel with confidence.
Start experiencing.
Learn more.
Beware of dog.
No parking.
Gift yourself.
There’s still time.
Try these.
Stand up straight.
Watch your tozies.
No hidden fees.
You’re a finalist.
You may have already won
Enough air miles for a RT to Neptune.


© 2021 Randy Stark
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Monday, January 18, 2021

Scenes from the Life of a Martyr

Scenes from the Life of a Martyr is a 16-part oratorio composed by Undine Smith Moore in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. Moore wrote the libretto, which includes passages from the Bible, quotations and poetry excerpts. It is written for a mixed choir, with solo parts for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, a spoken-word narrator, and orchestra.

 

 

 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

And My Knee

OEDIPUS THE KING OR BURGER KING

I think it’s exponential,
But I don’t know,
When it comes to wanting more.


I KNOW A GAME WE CAN PLAY

Everybody lines up.
Then the first two step forward
And they battle.


MAHMOOD

We tried to tell him
But he wouldn’t listen.


SHOULD BE

As far as I know.


MY CHANNEL

Hey everybody.
Thank you all so much.
Thank you so much.


SOME SMUDGING

A saint with blood on her hands.


AND MY KNEE

My knee the last couple days.


© 2021 Randy Stark
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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Today Only

 

Here are links to three recent pieces that I posted at Write Up The Road. The posts describe my reactions to government and media pronouncements regarding the pandemic. 

Use This Word in a Sentence

Anonymity

What I’m Hearing

 

 © 2021 Randy Stark

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Not Heavy or Nothing, Just Solid

KICKING OFF THE SEASON

We’re tired of our outdated kitchen.


AMERICAN GOTHIC

Higher in Canada.


LAYING DOWN THE LAW

You don’t call her names either, hear me?
I will whip your ass.


GREAT NEWS

You now have a contactless Chase Visa card.


ARMORED VEST

Gird it about you.


BED FRAME

I have a mattress and box spring
But in order to get pussy
I need a bed frame.


ALUMNI WEBSITE

A page for those who have ridden ahead.
We were the Cowboys.


CHOCRAT DONUT

Sixty-five sousand.
This is one of my dream.



© 2021 Randy Stark
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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Choice Bits from Holiday Reading

 Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo

“Once you lift a pawn off the board,
You have to move it forward. It cannot return where it was.”


The Chiffon Trenches, by Andre Leon Talley

“She read it overnight and the next morning said, ‘This is wonderful.’ To celebrate she threw a black-tie dinner in my honor on a Monday evening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”


Zero K, by Don DeLillo

“His beard came spilling out of his face.”


The Winter’s Tale, by William Shakespeare

“You have touch’d his queen
Forbiddenly.
Come, sir, away!”

Exuent


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sanchez

“...like she’s ready to stab someone.”
“...looking like I worship Satan”
“I’ll just jump off a skyscraper.”
“...a pair of shoes that cost more than my entire life.”
“I was so bored I wanted to tear out all of my hair.”


A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki

“Mujii sang an R. Kelly number called ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ but when she sang it it sounded like ‘I Bereave I Can Fry,’ which totally cracked me up.”


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