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  


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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  1. Flashback with King Crimson...foreshadowing the future. How did you ever run across this...

    Enjoyed the Choice Bits...thank you for posting

  2. Thanks. I didn't pay enough attention to King Crimson when I was young.