Friday, December 31, 2021

Shop Talk (a continuing series)

“The end of art is peace.”
Seamus Heaney 



Double Portrait of the Artist in Time, by Helen Lundeberg

























Why continue to do this? 

As they say in the media: Thank you for that question.

Seriously. I’m thrilled as the writer to know a) someone might have read the piece and b) it might have evoked a reaction (laughter, hopefully), perhaps even a response. I try to provide enough substance to make reading significant, but my DNA is more entertainment oriented than literary. I look at what I’m doing as first entertainment, then literature. 

I know what I enjoy, and I write things that I will enjoy. And because I’m no different from billions of other people, I hope some of the potential readers will find a similar enjoyment in what I have written.

The gap between award winners and the short listed is like the gap between what I think I’m posting and what gets pointed out to me later.

I’ve been on a Toshiko Akiyoshi binge, her work with small groups (e.g. the Toshiko trio circa 1955) as well as the iconic, if not transformational, big band she led with Lew Tabackin. Composer and musician, Toshiko swings. 
I’ve also been looking at two art styles, or movements, or whatever you want to call them.

The first is California light painting, the Light and Space movement that is mainly attirubted to artists in southern California, maybe from santa Barbara to san Diego, and is generally placed in the time period 1960-1980. The practionarers and artists are many, here’s an overview: 

Light and Space Movement Overview | TheArtStory

The other movement is more widely known and practiced: surrealism. And I have been using the internet to watch slide show videos of early surrealism by Leonora Carrington, and on the later surrealism used by Helen Lundeberg. I muted the soundtrack on the videos and played my own choices for viewing and contemplation enhancing music, in a recent instance:  Stuart Dempster ‎- Underground Overlays From The Cistern Chapel (full album) - YouTube

The magazines I read had me running the trails recently: Clara Schumann (Germany) to Anton Bruckner (Austria); William Kentridge (South Africa) to John Muafangejo (Namibia); ); John Muafangejo - Wikipedia

I also noted these two sour observations:

Number one.

“In some niche areas, such as literary magazines and graduate schools of education, the idea of merit as separate from identity no longer exists.”  (George Packard, Atlantic, July /August 2021)

Number two.

“…immersive installations that have become museums’ most popular attractions in the last two decades create environments where art is not an object of contemplation but a backdrop for self-actualization, where the collectivity of the museum public breaks down into the individualities of selfie-taking ‘museum users.’ In becoming more ‘democratic and accessible,’ [Janet] Kraynak writes, the museum becomes indistinguishable from other venues of the experience economy, rather than ’an active productive public sphere.’” (from an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books, by Brian Droitcour)

Closing with the breezy high interplay in Charlie at Full Speed by Anthony Carelli, and then Joan Retallack hits a walk off home run.


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Saturday, December 25, 2021

Calling All Madriguys and Madrigals

“Surf life every sweet second.”
Tom Morey.

Saffron and Sage Salon and Massage.
Affordable and practical.

One of the seven superfoods for a better night’s sleep:
World’s best jerky.

Cinnamon trees dreaming in black-market starlight.
Gooseberries dew bathing.

Jacqui, Claudia, Zu.
Hue ecru.

The lightbulbs that used to go off in people’s heads
Are inefficient anymore. 

Check the end to make sure it’s square
And then lop it off.

He put his foot in this one
A day early.

Most profiles on dating sites are fake or predators.
Believe it or not.

A martyred bull reddening the plaza St. Sebastian
Takes me back to Shinjuku.

Heart-shaped koi and sharp-edged lily pads
Make for crimson waters.

A magnificent hot air balloon
Delivery.

Subscription heal thyself.
This shit hits.




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Friday, December 24, 2021

Things We Hold Dear as Californians

(Newsom cast the rejection of the recall as a vote in support “of all those things we hold dear as Californians.”)

Australian herding dogs.
Totally Australian.
Steak and seafood.
Dick.
Value fulfillment.
Pussy.
Checks cashed pay day advance.
Rotary encoders.
Diversity.
Liquor stores.
Illuminated pushbuttons.
Autonomy.
Total auto care.
Inclusivity.
Strollers, walkers.
Dedicated control dynamics.
Factory showrooms.
Identity.
Falcon Hill at Shadow Ridge.
Motorized faders. 
The particle physics of waiting at the train
For the beach to arrive.
High-speed plugins.
Respect.
Global headquarters.
Scribble strips.
Accessibility.
Original packaging.
Bar graph meters.
Toy haulers. 
Accommodation.
Exaggerated handclapping.
Multicolor display.
Rooms.
Empowerment.
Institutes of Massage.
Cleaners, dentists.
Happy hair and nails.
Donuts.
Anything actually,
Anything where we need to check our phone
And involves user i.d.s and passwords,
Search engines we can’t resist,
Cones, satellites, video updates,
And in a way that makes sense to us.
We don’t want to have to sit there a pack a bowl, 
Californians just want to push a button, and that’s it.
Si se puede.




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Saturday, December 18, 2021

Rewards for Living

Opting in is easy.
Visit us.
Call.
Stay current.
Stop in.
See why.
Find the nearest.
Get rewarded for all your spending.
We can help.

Enjoy.
Find.
Sample.
Check out.
Pick.
Access rewards fast.
Earn and redeem.
Fast fast fast.
Fast fast fast.

Apply today.
IM me.
Ask me.
Ask an agent.
More savings.
More fun.
Your future awaits.
Live life pain free
And take an additional 50 percent off!



© 2021 Randy Stark
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Friday, December 17, 2021

We Are So Please

THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES

Not a joke.
I really mean it.


HE LIE EVERY PUBLIC SPEAKING

Two different information.


YOU, CITIZEN

You are responsible for
Presnit Bidn his failure.
He hates you.
He also gave you candy.


BLAME IT ON RETROGRADE MERCURY

Blame it on the eclipse.
Blame it on the boogie.


CASA POR CASA

We will hunt you down
And make you pay.


SUDDENLY I AM NO MORE

To have those feelings.


NOW I FOLLOW EVERY GUIDELINES

Reading an advises like this should be necessary
To know what step should be done. 


DEAR HONERABLE PRESIIDENT JODE BIDE

Dear heavenly father
I admit I am a sinner.
And I need your forgiveness.
I know that I cannot save myself.
Thank you for saving me.


THE DOORWAY

Present Biden is the only doorway.
There is no other way.


PRESNA BIDEN

Help me how to raise my boy Presna Biden.
I don’t know how to be a parent.
You da best prent, so tell me how.


JOE BIDEN

Can anyone happen to be so nice to anyone?
We are so please.




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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Tayn It Up

All pro and juxta.
Dual density.
Hokus pokus.
Inherently interdisciplinary.
A flagrant intra compound of dreamboat dentists,
The best in their field, as well as
Plumbing heating and air,
Tall boys and low riders,
In every shape under the rainbow
On God’s green Earth known to humankind.

A charm of luxury friends,
Counterfactual ceilings higher than mine,
Judging by the looks of them,
Motor skills grosser and finer,
Validated parking.
A feel-good ingathering about to be only too happy.
Combined with
Warehouse pricing, and
Saving the best web view for last,
God on your side, just for being nice.



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Friday, December 10, 2021

A Flourish

GET MORE CONNECTIVITY 

[Hoboy]
I see’t ‘loft.
What haps--a flourish!


DEATH IN VENICE, CHAPTER FIVE

Like AC/DC’s Thunderstruck.
The depth of Mann’s ground game.
Like steroids on steroids.


THE WALLOP PACKER

Been packing wallops nearly all my life.  
Empowering other wallop packers.
80 percent of the world’s wallops? 
Packed right here.
Like an orchestra fully vaccinated
That’ll, I tell you what,
Play some lights out Mahler.


AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT EDITOR

Brings you closer to the people and the things that you love.


THEY STAYED BEHIND AND SINNED

A billion views.
Flat-panel display.


JIZZ

Pineapple juice’ll
Make it taste better.


IS THAT INEZ ALSO?

No, that’s Inez Montoya.


THEY’RE LIKE WHY’D

She dye her hair red?
I thought well.




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Saturday, December 4, 2021

I Was Like You Want to Know Something?

She answered I was thinking 
When I asked
Are you OK?
You appeared to be in 
Agony I said and she said
Thinking is agony.
But the wait is finally over.
Even Euclid had to take it in the end.

The call went out and
I was like save some consciousness for me.
They held a guitar to my head.
I knee jerk against stuff like that.
And then I said,
In a really long aside,
Did you do gymnastics
Or anything similar?

Because the future is curved in four different directions.
The second of which
There’s a way we can make it 
Magic for three hands.
But as soon as the price of gravity dips
You thought the market was crazy for discriminating minimalists?
You won’t be able to afford an energy bar
Even if you can find one.



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Friday, December 3, 2021

"While the Drowsy World Dreams On"

The reupholstered chair of the Select Committee for Accurate Symbolism
Was interrupted by next level sequencers
Making major announcements.
My inner straitjacket tells me there are no new symbols
Only new combinations.
Handcuffs around my waist remind me
Middle management is no place for
Command sergeant majors
Out herding cats with
Oat milk on their tongues.

A gaggle of legit luxury brands
Teeming with reward credits and wedding pictures,
Relentless, reinless,
Redeemed by mantras chanted on beads
Streamed along inroads 
Veering into very very land,
Got suckered into bearing honor
Not even gravity is heavy enough to endow.
The less attached the more
You are likely to swing.

Flirting with a barista in Buenos Aires.
Taking on the person of a character in a fantasy world,
I’ve already tagged the culture
Using one of the five best languages to fail in.
As though to say
I live in Active cash,
And my accounts are linked.
So repeat after me:
(In the same breath as Newton’s first law)
Always be refreshing.



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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Boiling an Egg















but mira.
It’s getting to the point where
Why don’t you pick up 
Where you left off 
Two hours ago?
Is there insurance for feelings?
How about a ruptured episteme?

So I told them.
I’ll be honest with you.
I’m flat cut out for it.
I mean I’m committed to the idea
Of the perfect tee
In size you
And an unlimited lifetime guarantee.

But dark eloquent mornings
Fall on the poor and the rich alike,
Artists as their studios sit for them
Waiting for the sun to rise.
And that huge of an assertion,
That strong of a current, 
That south of a swell,

At this moment's exchange rate,
Delivers euphoric effects.
In less time than it takes 
To boil an egg,
As I’m about to illustrate.
They’re like What?
I’m all it’s your journey.

And don’t repeat this but
Soft and runny have never tasted so good!
So point of order.
Before I jet, let’s
Take the guess work out of it,
So as to,
So as not to.



© 2021 Randy Stark
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Friday, November 26, 2021

Aztecs Mindset Ahead of Thursday’s Opener Against Wildcats
















We sort of explained it a little bit,
The way coach outsourced the defensive line:
To stay in the game, you have to play the game.
Counterfactual precedes collaboration,
Proving there’s more than one Ouija board
Dancing down a spiral staircase.
We will have our certainty and eat it too!

The handwriting is on the wall,
A beach hazard statement
Contained in the answers to last week’s puzzle,
And makes experimental not-for-sale,
Not-safe-for-work, and non-fungible-token 
Art in the Côte d’Ivoire
Sound like just the thing.

A very very flowing thing
Not umbilically corded to any raison d'être
But making very very special history
And presenting in quite italic coding
Very very much the story.
You know what they say,
Love the treason, hate the traitor.

Big butt, big heart.
So turn your farts into rewards.
Feel free to grab a nug.
Stay connected to everywhere.
There is no late when there is no now.
Absence is not a plaything.
Until it’s not on NatGeo nobody will believe it anyhow.


 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Mini Maxi Macro Micro Multi-Acting All Allosteric In Situ

It's the virus talking.
It’s the traffic roaring.
It’s the ocean roiling.
Everybody has violated the rules
At one time or another.

It’s the cute summer outfits chattering.
Classic car show gabbing.
Crude oil nattering.
It’s the crusaders jawing,
It’s security chewing the fat.

It’s the service animals gossiping.
The techie czar coming clean.
It’s the clothespins lecturing.
It’s the metrics addressing.
Chipped nails signing for a manicure.

It’s the buffoons coding for fury.
It’s the old Lions recruiting,
Tawny manes, underarm and pubic hairs.
It’s the deceased giving the game away.
It’s the pregnant women out on base laying down the law.

It’s proyect managers proyecting.
It’s the neighbors yelling.
Yellow and pink hibiscus affirming.
A scientifically designed strawberry açai pronouncing.
Cinnamon sprinkles proclaiming.

It’s the blood thirsty president
With bloodshot eyes droning.
It’s the developers chirping.
It’s the pope pontificating.
It’s health experts tipping.

It’s the neighbors screaming.
It’s the bare shoulders preaching.
These days everybody walks on the minor stuff.
It’s the pharmacist tripping,
In person and at the point of sale.

It’s the placemats yakking.
It’s the ranch dictating.
It’s the striping contractor declaring.
It’s the tiny house uttering.
It’s the bare midriffs articulating.

It’s the compost authorizing.
It’s the virtual universe asserting.
The voluptuous saying their piece.
The vindictive raising their voices.
Board members belly aching.

It’s the celebrated murmuring.
The renowned mumbling.
The award-winning grousing.
The major figure moaning.
The living legend griping.

It’s the virgins baying.
The conceptualists bellowing.
Minimalists barking.
Songbirds howling.
Coxswains having their say.

It’s the orthodontists mouthing.
The hikers bawling.
The bankers blasting.
The resistance decrying.
Shouting how long has it been now?


© 2021 Randy Stark
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Friday, November 19, 2021

Shop Talk (a continuing series)

 
"Find the Arrows" by Neil Novello (c)





Last night: Man Ray.

So. Who do I owe everything to today?

Poems by Harryette Mullen and Bernadette Mayer in the mail!
And the various daily/weekly/monthly reviews I receive.
And the search screen of the public library at the ready.
And poetry, two-three-four, newbies from a Philly mag.
My favorite: Sara Mae

There's nothing like:

Six Drawing Lessons, by Wm. Kentridge
Francisco Goya
A Sunday-size crossword puzzle
Carlos Chavez: Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto, Waltzes, Symphony #2, string quartets,
Clara Schumann’s music for piano,
Anton Bruckner’s Symphony #4

FYI

Clara:  1819-1896 
Anton: 1824-1896 

Closing out with
a)     Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson
b)     Stanley Clarke at Griffith Park


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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Love Machinations, or, Macadamia in Academia

"Ground Arrows + Hydrant" by Neil D. Novello (c)















An all-terrain love poem.
Plain and simple.
Believe you me.
Leagues are forming.

The first time our fleshes touched
I told her to take it easy.
Where there’s smoke 
There’s another dream date.

She collapsed laughing,
You are a deep dive.
We kissed.
Lips like loose beets.

And this is where,
Analyzing oral discourse,
Oralizing anal discourse,
We tongued and grooved,

Bodies dropped into the pillowy flatbread
Like a bronze dory and a
Bottle of hand crafted small batch spirits,
Floating to the bottom of the sea.

Between the best sheets you’ve ever known.
Package contents.
Mounting options.
Installation.




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Friday, November 12, 2021

Invitational

"Savior Street" by Neil D. Novello (c)


THIS IMAGE

This image shows
God is holy
And you are sinful.


DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

If it doesn’t,
Keep staring.


WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW GOD PERSONALLY?

No?


THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU EAT MOLD

Plus chest pains in your feet.


I BROKE THE LAW

But Jesus paid the fine.


OK SO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS

Your forever and my forever
They’re not the same forevers.


I DON’T KNOW IF YOU KNOW BUT

Out this way, yeah
People die all the time.


A NEW KIND OF SCHADENFRAUDE

It’s not that I’m happy you are suffering,
I’m just glad I’m not alone.


YOU’RE NOT A GOOD PERSON

You’re like the rest of us.


TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR

So long as your doctor has talked to Jesus first.


LEARNING THE TRADE

Toe it in for Jesus.
Tay it up for the Lord.


PEACE

Take some home today.


GOD IS AWSEOME

And thats a garuntee!



 © 2021 Randy Stark
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Saturday, November 6, 2021

A Study in Abjection















I LOVE YOUR DRESS

I get quite excited by it.

 

YEAH BUT NO BUT

Smoke responsibly.

 

SO I THINK I HAVE THE SOLUTION

You can go to church.

 

IF YOU SEE MY BABY TELL HER I LOVE HER

I was looking for her.
I called her brother.
I had her brother’s number.

 

NEWS FLASH 

You will not be spared.

 

GLENDALE, LANSING, MEMPHIS, ATLANTIC CITY 

Regardless.
Clean and sanitize
Your home
Today.

 

A SPECIAL WING

In the rock Hall of Fame
For air guitar
Inductees like me.

 

A STUDY IN ABJECTION 

Use and care guide.

 

YOU DID IT BEST

Police.
Freeze.

 

FOLKS HERE SAY 

Being thrifty’s
The way to go.

 

ENDGAME MANIA

Personal spotlight.
Personal pizza.
Breakfast burrito.
Touchdown!!!

 

IT’S OVER TOMORROW 

So, what’s your question?



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Friday, November 5, 2021

A So Nice Place

"Chair & Cone" by Neil D. Novello (c)











WE BE RIGHT WITH YOU OK?

Sit there OK?
Enjoy OK?
How everything tasting OK?
It’s a so nice place.


AESTHETICS

I’d like any defects to be on the inside.
On the bottom if possible.


TAKE THE HUMAN OUT OF HUMANITIES

And what are you left with?


LIVE LOBSTER IS BACK!

All solving levels.


LEGION OF INDECENCY

Yes, and thank you for that question.


IF WE DO

They’ll be on the last aisle,
Straight back and to the left.


WHERE?

Right there.


AND TURMERIC?

A trope if not a meme.


ATTENTION TO DETAIL

It’s infectious.
And there’s no vaccine.


COVID CONSEQUENCE

It’s more difficult to put our heads together.


SECURITY ACADEMY

Join our team.


GRATITUDE

Thank you for giving me advices
When I got mentally ill.


OH YOU KNOW WHAT?

I’m sorry.
I forgot your butter.

 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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Saturday, October 30, 2021

Concrete Blueprint

 


















It’s not only the Legion of Indecency
Comin’ thru the rye
Going through the grieving process
Or going through the trash bins,
Nineteen to the dozen.
It’s not only the hearings being held,
The little somethings being slid, 
Lobos howling sincerest condolences remotely,
Contemplatives raging on the blockchain.

And it’s not just a hype cycle of traffic en masse,
A bunch of bare URLs suffering link rot,
Inventors stripped naked of their patents,
Doctors stripped naked of their patients,
Custody battles waged between new music lovers--
Don’t say hi wear pitted against
I’m not talking to you wear
During monitored visitations.
No, the bigger story would be

We’re now learning three lines of code
More valuable than the GDP of most countries
Is what it’s gonna take
To bring this thing 
Down a bar or two.
Seems like everyone needs
The miracle healing crusade ware,
Even the fully vaccinated:  
You don’t know where they’ve been.



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Friday, October 29, 2021

Half and Half

 

You know I mean look.
Light carbon footprint, light digital footprint,
Sitting around on my gain of function,
Double or nothing to do.
People float by fishing 
From the highest number
Of hot air balloons 
Since last February.
Too much salt candy,
Too few layers of sun block,
Belt three sizes too big 
But still wrapped around the state of Arkansas.

I guess what I’m thinking is
Unlimited free shipping
Is core to a healthy model.
Positively ideal.
The best mistakes to learn from are the mistakes made by other people.
Easy returns are a sexy fever dream.
Great gifts make memorable holidays.
Disturbed people are not endearing. Disturbed people are disturbed.
Without a frame there would be no window.
Projects with deadlines furthest into the future,
Half brick and mortar, half cyberspace,
Have the best chances for on-time completion.







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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Grubhub Appointed to SCOTUS

 









Carpenter culottes, surfboard company tee. 
She looks like Frida Kahlo.
Her name is Friday Kahlo.
She thinks it’s funny I’m the one
Who lives on Indian School Road.

Planet Earth was made for Friday.
Everything at her garbage disposal,
Short list, long list, 
Contact tracing,
Lease to own.

Two, three, four 
Times a day I ask her
Is it safe anymore to create art on our own terms?
She always answers my question with 
Is Kokopelli back with the Packers?

Reaffirming the right to dream big,
The right to turn left,
The right to double click,
The right to hit send.
The right to have food delivered to your door.



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Friday, October 22, 2021

Choice Bits (a continuing series)

 

Skeletons Fighting Over a Pickled Herring, by James Ensor









Choice Bits are, as Gary Lutz pointed out, “by writers who recognized the sentence as the one true theater of endeavor, as the place where writing comes to a point and attains its ultimacy.”

Kit Robinson

Idle hands get/big ideas...


Virginia Woolf

…the peculiar repulsiveness of those who dabble their fingers self approvingly in the stuff of others’ souls…


Brian Evenson

Maybe she’s dead, he thought hopefully.


Robert Louis Stevenson

Mirth, lyric mirth, and a vivacious classical contentment are of the very essence of the better kind of art…None can care for literature in itself who do not take a special pleasure in the sound of names; and there is no part of the world where nomenclature is so rich, poetical, humorous, and picturesque as the United States of America. All times, races, and languages have brought their contribution.


Patricia Lockwood

She sat in a compartment with a babyish Czech couple who were trying to climb into each other’s eyes, hands, mouths.  Every few minutes the girl would pick up her boyfriend’s wrist and kiss it as if she were eating the season’s first strawberry, and then release a flood of tender and penetrating Czech directly into his face.


Harmony Holiday

Loaf  of    red    lipstick  


BONUS BIT

Cat's foot iron claw
Neuro-surgeons scream for more
At paranoia's poison door
Twenty first century schizoid man

Blood rack barbed wire
Politicians' funeral pyre
Innocents raped with napalm fire
Twenty first century schizoid man

Death seed blind man's greed
Poets' starving children bleed
Nothing he's got he really needs
Twenty first century schizoid man

 

 

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Monday, October 18, 2021

From Tautology to Contradiction: fantasy on a schema by Ludwig Wittgenstein

If p then p,
And if q then q.
Not both
p and q.

Or if q then p.
Not q.
If p then q.
Not p.

And if q then
Not p, and
If p 
Not q

Then p or q.
Or q and p.
Or if p then q  
Then q if p.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Where's Home?

 



Out of her longtang,
Out of her hood,
Out of her vecindad,
Using altar cloths to wipe down cars
Like horses. At the end of the day,
On the way to the TV that feels like home,
The bus rolls by the dream factory that brought you
Happy Hayes the Tail Up Dog!

Let’s kinda talk about her ex
To the teenager she then was,
A total mystery.
And then the man she left him for,
X to the second power.
The human part of animal is all but gone
By the time you’re living by the creek.
The nights are oddly themed.

Now every next morning, fugacious,
Where she live at.
New sign: Keep Gate Locked.
Helicopter rattles the house
Which rattles the stove top
Which rattles the burner covers.
Thank God for school meal programs.
Take care the children.

This Good Joe Fox America Today and Morning
Proving you must not really understand pressure
Until you’ve been on national television.
Swooning over war criminals.
Ellen and Jimmy will show you how.
So screw your courage to the media hitching post.
Get Clorox clean in minutes.
Or they’ll send you back.

 

 

 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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My books are available on Amazon.
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Friday, October 15, 2021

Karl Marx in Oceanside










MODDER ERT

She went from farm to mukbang.
That’s the crazy part,
I added.


DONG FENG’S DRIVING RANGE

Two white experts exploring the galaxy.


THIS DAY IN LITERARY HISTORY

William Wordsleuth inks with
Rhymin’ and Rooster,
Receives signing bonus.


THE BAMBINA IBARRA TRIO

Tuna, bass and barracuda.


DISTANCING

Petey pooped his pants.


JULIAN OF NORWICH AND TERESA OF AVILA

Playing backyard badminton.
The quietest of rackets.


KARL MARX IN OCEANSIDE

Taking two for the team.


DANIELA NINTENDO

My study buddy.


FROM THE SAME LITTER

Franz and Willie.


SAN ANTONIO

I prayed for a new zester
But got a Nordic Ware Pro Cast Flat-top Reversible Grill Griddle
Instead.


PRESIDENTE RUSO

Dancing in front of the TV.


MRS. EDEWUMI

Pick up, she growls.


SYNOD OF BISHOPS

Joey, Elizabeth, Elvin, California.


JIAJIA

And you young lady.
I don’t understand why you’re not married yet.


ARVO PART’S AUTO PARTS

Everything you need
To keep your car running smoothly.



© 2021 Randy Stark
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My books are available on Amazon.
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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Statements Taken at the Scene















How many were there?

Two tillers, a teller, a ten o’clock sculler,
Speaking Russian, too, or Spanish, one,
(With Chinese and Arabic subtitles).
Plus, a rapper, a ripper, a bagger, a tagger
And more than a few antibodies dressed in gaming gear,
Ballers, bipoc and white, alike,
Feral hypertrophy winners,
And an orbital sander crying for its mama.

Which way did they go?

Toward the tsunami hazard zone
Where the reversible pier
Goes over the saltwater marsh
Near the mothballed nuclear power plant.
I mean listen.
Let’s be honest.
I love the notion of casino night
But there never was a where.

Did you notice anything else?

Yes I noticed how funny I felt,
Like an Uzbek hikkomori based in Ottawa,
Or a chief public policy officer
Emerging from the margins
To subvert the colonialist order of modernity
Only to be confounded by range of motion issues
While staggering into minimalism
Because there was no 7-Eleven nearby.

 

 

 

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Friday, October 8, 2021

Thoughtful Inquiry













You know we have a little bit of time left,
The horses are being loaded into the starting gate
In recondite fashion,
And here’s why that’s so
Ultra super important.

I just wanted to interrogate the idea of
Molecular cis-acting regulatory RNA sequencers
Coming out of nowhere and at twice the speed of sound
Which woulda blew up the whole Roswell thing,
Defcon to Dari-Delite.

But the volcano imposed an early curfew.
Zeno’s paradox kept me half the distance to the goal line,
And I’m not blue enough to sing the blues.
My real name is only just now taking effect
Like a full moon emerging from the clouds.

Have you ever seen a meme walking?
There’s four of them went in together
On what’s more and more starting
To look like it’s going to be a kind of
Screened at Cannes power grab of sorts.

But you know the thing is
Is the more they jiggle the camera,
Marx once quipped
With lens firmly in cheek,
The more trending it all is.

So me I’m kind of staying on the low end of high
Performance, publishing my passions,
“Mistakes in real time” per Patricia Lockwood.
Sincere condolences for the direct eye contact
But, how do you expect the markets to react?


© 2021 Randy Stark
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My books are available on Amazon.
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Saturday, October 2, 2021

The Great American Songbook, plus two other poems




















THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

The Great American Gongbook.
The Great American Bongbook.
The Great American Kongbook.
The Great American Hmongbook.
The Great American Prongbook.
The Great American Wrongbook.
The Great American Dongbook.
The Great American Thongbook.
The Great American Schlongbook.


MORNING

On the trail I encountered
A white girl, high school age, in running gear,
Further on, a black man, older, walking a dog.
The man said he was blessed
When I asked how he was.


I STARE DINTOO SPACE

Dandelions was rocking bees.
Dogs was trampolining,
Blue and red heelers trampolining.
There was a pair of parrots.

I said to myself I said
I didn’t know parrots could take off their
Chonklas so fast and aim like that,
From all cosmic angles.

 

© 2021 Randy Stark
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My books are available on Amazon.
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