Monday, October 3, 2022

The Arc

Rivers rise
Card launches
Sources say
Protests grow
Pollsters fear
Video shows
Consumers hit
Hunters pose
Polls close
Evidence suggests
Texts reveal
Troops retreat
Judge blocks
Economists warn
Children wait
Man refuses
Leader announces
Quake shakes 
Sales surge
Organizers urge
Companies must
Jury rules
Government pledges
Victim alleges
Loyalists block
Experts detail
Students demand
Diplomats clash
Vandals slash
Soldier jokes
Activists march
Authorities race
Subscribers face
Officials brace
Candidate denies
Residents decry
Panel OKs
Committee rips
Deadline slips
Group sues 



© 2022 Randy Stark
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Sunday, October 2, 2022

from the "American Loco" collection

IT WAS DURING THE BUILD BACK BETTER CRAZE

Over a hundred sales associates, 
Therapists and terrorists,
Painters, feminists, poets, and salonnières
Gathered in 16000 square feet of 
Diamonds, rubies, onyx and gold.


MASS MORTALITY EVENT

Millions of ants lost their lives today,
On sidewalks chalked 
For superior hopscotch,
Sparking outcries.


IT WON’T BE TOLERATED

That’s why it happens over and over,
Because it won’t be tolerated.


WE’LL NEVER FORGET

Like we never forget Haiti
Every time we think about
Things we’ll never forget.


DEAR JOE BIDEN

You are beautiful, man.
You are like dawn in a cloudless sky.
You are wise and humorous.
You are empathetic and kind.
The exact leader America (and the world) needed.
You returned to us our rightful lifestyles.
You restored our souls.
Thank you.
We love you.
Signed,
The American people.
P.S. We wish you could be president forever!
PPS Our cup runneth over!!!


WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN

And we mean it this time.



© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Asymptote

A line that approaches 
More hautboys, 
More torches,
But never touches a curve.

Hip waiters in hippest waders
Hocus pocus clad masqueraders
No cosmogony left unhacked
Pomegranate red and eyeliner black.

The country’s most talented
Blue footed square footage booby
With a triple chocolate lab
And missile drop kick syncope.

Our planet is into its sixth mass extinction crisis.
Dessert is plant based and cannabis infused,
Phenomenological and highly delicious, 
And in Tokyo, thank you very much.

After ten sold out shows
I text her back
And I go
So?

Fast forward a million years.
We’re cooking up tasty savings,
Extreme values every day.
Fix yourself a plate.

Couldn’t have asked for anything better
Because I’m not the questioning type.
Complete one hundred percent satisfaction
Is more than extra plenty for me.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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Friday, September 30, 2022

Five for the EOM

THE GOOD EMPLOYER

They wash my uniforms,
They give me a bus pass,
They provide lunch,
Whatever’s on the menu for the day,
From filet mignon
To octopus to
All kinds of different things.


THE FUTURE IS YOURS*

*With qualifying dream.


BONERS AND BIG LOTS

Fuck me I need the hours
She said at the Hiring Event.

Save 10 percent on men’s vitality supplements.
Get more mattress for less.


ANYTHING ELSE OR ES TODO

The Double Dog Dare Ya is back,
Beauty bar and genius bar in one
Sacred vestibule of rare, imported spirits,
A fresh new French twist
In chic coastal ambiance.

All kinds of bomb ass vibes,
Tags and fiats,
Hymns and heresies.
The effects are cumulative,
Billable at premium rates.

He had a thing for 
Stylish and savings savvy
Cis male bassoonists.
Dick. Nick. Rick.
“Dessert!” gasped Ja’Kobi.


TA’EN

Alphabets of languages yet unspoken,
Where ‘neath,
Moored o’er, 
The deep fryer roared
When she walked in.

I’m all Wait hold up hey.
But it was ta’en.
She’s like
Buy your own biscuits.
Alas, I ne’er neared.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, September 24, 2022

In Peter Puget's Sound

LUNCH WAS OFTEN

Sometimes more often.


I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY

Except like yeah.


A WORLD WITH NO 3X ALWAYS POINTS?

Not in my lifetime.


MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION

We kind of need it.


THERE WERE LIKE FIVE PEOPLE

Trying to get our Uber.


IT’S NOT EVEN TWELVE YET

Isn’t that funny?


LAST DAY FOR FREE EASTER CANDY

Was yesterday.


GREAT BLUE HERON GULPS STAGHORN SCULPIN 

In Peter Puget’s sound.


YOU KNOW HOW I GET

On the red carpet.


LEGEND

#Youarehere






© 2022 Randy Stark
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Along the Strand

Howler monkeys 
Leveraged in the 
Brittle green leaves
Of fisherman’s wharf
Where me and my covenmates
Ran the three-legged race,
Ended up doing prism time.
I came across a study
And they’re like, OK, so.
Regular or scented?

Interacting with content
In a chandlery at seaport village
Can make you crazy.
I want to be myself again.
To lean into simple,
Beautiful,
A name, some numbers,
A free trombone with every townhome
Plus additional gutter protection
When purchased on iconic credit cards.

Frowning frowned upon, saturnine is out
The girls had passion fruit on their table
And we thought “Wow.”
Wacky foreshadowing is the app to have.
We art walked through pumpkin spice
Dewey-eyed to devil-may-care.
Count the bars.
A kind of mine minstrel mirrors mirth type thing,
Flamboyant and flamgirlant.
Boisterous and girlsterous.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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Thursday, September 22, 2022

I'll Be Switched

 
BEFORE CLIMATE CHANGE

For several days
Oh honey I 

One day when
By early afternoon

It hadn’t rained
Hours later we

Discovered hidden 
Icons in Oahu

It was easy
In a way

With silly sticks 
And tuning forks

Gayer than usual,
But in denial, no.


A LOBO INTROSPECTS

Why I
Big city born
Urban raised
Megalopopli lived in
Still say 
See here
What in thunder
I’ll be switched
Yonder is MaryLou.


POUNDING BLANCA

Heat on the tarmac
And when I earn the privilege of
Putting that ring on her finger

I love it when you
Keep lyin’ like that, 
It “doth unfix my hair.”*

Sleep like a mogul
If only this were Shinjuku
I’d be king of the world

Well then pretend.
It’s super easy.
How much Tokyo girlfriend for a week cost?

(*from Shakespeare, somewhere)


 

© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Ages and Stages

EMERGING AND LEGACY VOICES

Stylish, fuel efficient, and absolutely reliable.
Couplets with dread in the white spaces.
A residency in fishnet stockings.
Dark offerings, expressive aggro,
The banality of gender.
Approaching the sonnet with weapons drawn.

At the cabin
Pursuant to Article Six
Your celebrity fix just got better.
On the cape
Ibid,
Because it was already like the third infraction.

Me, personally,
Like I’m 
Like this
Every single day.
I think yes but no
Each and every time.


ALMOST SIXTY

John Steinbeck was almost sixty
He set out on his Travels with Charley trip.
Captain Billy was almost sixty
Before he got his first tattoo.

I was almost sixty
When I testified 
In front of the kind of jury 
That don’t hand out palmes d’or.

I went reasonably method,
Summoning something new to say
And a new way of saying it.
You wouldn’t have recognized me.

Luckily my sister-in-law was the judge.
She was almost sixty and 
I appealed to her, I said
Can interstellar touring be far behind?



© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, September 10, 2022

Ephemera

JUNIOR AND GUEST

Two nude dudes
Drinking trackside

Discarding hearts
Sacrificing knights

The track begins to vibrate
Dancing sugar plums

The sleepers become excited 
The crossing gate arms concede

The rails begin to squeal
Cheering the rolling museum of graffiti*

By the time the arms signal touchdown
Dudes be neckin’ up a storm

The slam comes home
Mate

*(Junior has a lifetime pass allowing him free admission plus one guest)


DIFFERENT

In Tokyo a flower can break your heart.
My living bath towel rolled its eyes.

You must get over such notions.
It makes people queer.

Imagination is for the young.
That’s what everybody says.


FOUR A.M.: THINKING GREEN, THINKING CLEAN

Before all hell has had a chance to break loose
Stove light on low.
I’ve got my coffee.
Crickets ticking.
The mind wanders. 

High red leather booths vine-ripened by cocktail lighting,
The princesses of family-owned businesses.
Vibin’ and bumpin’ with the brazenest of flesh,
Legs waxed eloquent, the right to bare arms.
And when it returns,

The refrigerator is on a tirade
Slurping, hacking, 
The cats are tweeting out
To the birds.
I’m grinning like a frog.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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Monday, September 5, 2022

WENZZET SPOZETO HIT?

Darryl had proven
Another traveler had
Actually I too

By then we
For more than
Time was Tasha’s

Her brother Bernardo
He never once
It hardly mattered

Early one morning
We turned left
Coco was shy

Then Jerzy stopped
Looking back I
I think maybe

Nellie said oh
Right after she
Shortly after I

Manny hit send
Teddy was crouched
Augustus sat up

I sat down
Bethanee was becoming
Sally then appeared

Once again I
Luke slipped quickly
It had begun


© 2022 Randy Stark
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Sunday, September 4, 2022

Choice Bits (an ongoing series)

W.C. Fields

Interviewer: If you had your life to live over, what would you do differently?

W.C. Fields: I’d live over a saloon.


Virginia Woolf

“For the truth is…that human beings have neither kindness, nor faith, nor charity beyond what serves to increase the pleasure of the moment. They hunt in packs. Their packs scour the desert and vanish screaming into the wilderness. They desert the fallen.” 


Thomas Hardy

This sentence in Far From the Madding Crowd is part of a description of a dysfunctional wall clock:

“The smaller of its hands, too, occasionally slipped round on the pivot, and thus, though the minutes were told with precision, nobody could be quite certain of the hour they belonged to.”


Audre Lorde

From Chosen Poems – Old and New

First, she asks:

“If we hate the rush hour subways
who ride them every day
why hasn’t there been a New York City Subway Riot”

Then, she answers her own question:

“…hope is counter-revolutionary
Pressure cooks
but we have not exploded
…watering down each trip’s fury
is the someday foolish hope
that at the next stop
some door will open for us
to fresh air and light and home.”


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 

From August 1914

These are some of the thoughts of a Russian general during WWII.

“That wildly joyous, bestially joyous sensation of victory.  Victory over whom? Victory for what? The morning’s victors had spent the rest of the day as sitting targets.”

“Trying to give himself up had proved even more dangerous than fighting to the last. That was war for you—you couldn’t even quit it, couldn’t even cut loose from it.”

“There was, of course, a long queue of officers entitled to promotion by length of service, proven incompetence, and connections at court.”

“He nodded, forgivingly, understandingly, gratefully, and rode slowly on. His horse also seemed to nod, bending its neck low.”

“He must carry on acting (fighting) with the lightheartedness of despair.” 



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Saturday, September 3, 2022

The Academy

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

What I’m writing they ain’t buying,
And the better I’ve gotten,
The less is being boughten.
I’on’t understand.


A THREE-GOD PANEL 

They accuse me of 
Two diferent information
of lie every public speaking
cant even form a coherrent centanses 
little long write his demeta ridled mind. 
My answers ease judged inadequate
But no questions was asked!!!!
Just din eyed my appeal
I did not enjoying it


THE REMOTE LEARNER TAKES A KNEE

Jumble U
That scrambled 
World school
Of pretense
False and true
Formative texts
Sleek retellings
Deadnaming
Dedicated
Misgendering
Medicated
A susurrus of streams
Streams X5
Vile to where 
I thought about it and went
Touchdown Jesus!



© 2022 Randy Stark
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Friday, September 2, 2022

AS NATURE INTENDED

But it had
Then he said
Instead of going

I thought oh
I asked if
I decided I

The week before
Actually strike that
A week later

I couldn’t resist
We stood still
Then one summer

The problem was
We had left
Maybe the weather

The road ended
In the meantime
I was astounded

Two days later
It was quiet
It was clear

It wasn’t much
But I wouldn’t
I was walking




© 2022 Randy Stark
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Thursday, September 1, 2022

MASS META NEE TUFF

Flush with hyperbole from The Institute for Advance Praise,
Buzzing like an orchestra of violas,
I’m already high as a kite with a two-hour flight ahead of me.
And that’s just the scherzo presto.
Which goes to show you
Rarity is no exception.

Candy and I are texting back and forth
Allegro con brio.
I had this like massive epiphany.
Like a door being kicked in
Quite literally.
That it’s existential doesn’t begin to tell the story.

No I said to her I said
All’s fucked that ends fucked. 
Not even the referee can stop the bout.
And while two rights don’t make a wrong
Nothing could be further
From everything than the truth.

And when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Which is why I feel, frankly
Tomorrow looks to be insane.
Of course when it comes to that, yes, I go
Early bird gets the discount.
You don’t want to miss your last chance.



© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, August 27, 2022

Taking Care of Biniss


BIG SHOPPING DAY

Dude rushes me in the parking lot.
Democracy is in peril!
I’m like, man don’t come up on me like that.


CLASSIC MARKETING

The demand for quartets
By Dmitri Shostakovich 
Transcribed and arranged
For ice cream truck
Continues unabated.


CASH ONLY

I remember being like
I want to shop her style.
And she was like
¿Mande? O sí,
Solamente tú,
Pero cash only.


#1 RECOMMENDED EMERGENCY BLANKET

The only emergency blanket
For what you have no idea is about to hit you
And fuck you the fuck up.
Prices slightly higher in Canada.


CUSTOMERS WHO BOUGHT THIS ALSO BOUGHT

Seamless integrations.
Personalized efficiency.
Enterprise grade technology.
A new iPhone.
And for lunch sun dried tomato pesto pasta.




© 2022 Randy Stark
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Friday, August 26, 2022

THE INSIDE SPILL

Sufrd minimalism 4
Over a yar (kild a bar)

Near real-time was the 
Best I could hope 4.

Slept like a goddam bedridden chandelier.
Combed my hair with a fucking recliner.

Scratched my ass with a baseball cap.
Hit the streets in unauthorized footwear.

Was it bitchin because I didn’t die?
Or was it bitchin because I almost did?

Now I am multidisciplinary and multifaceted.
The hard bop idiom remains my practice.

Joie di vivre ain’t the only rock boring tool 
I bring to the mattress.



© 2022 Randy Stark
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Thursday, August 25, 2022

No To Do Ta Da


I WANT TO BE IMMORTALIZED
 
By Reese Witherspoon.
Don’t you?
And to see how
She makes the role her own.


PIXILATION (from Paradise Lost, by John Milton)

“forest side”
“faery elves”
“the moon”  
“arbitress”


I AM A RADICAL FEMINIST

Say sources close to me
But unauthorized to discuss matters publicly.


MY PRONOUNS

You, and fuck you.


HAIKU

Hold music scrolling
Nature abhors emojis
You know what fuck you


DOWNSIDE OF ENDLESS TO DO 

No time for ta da.
No to do ta da. 


IT IS WHAT IT IS

And that’s a true story.


BUT UH

Exactly: but uh.




© 2022 Randy Stark
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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Always Fair Weather


HISTORICAL NOTE

On September 25th, 1513, Randy Núñez de Stark stepped from the courtesy shuttle, walked across the street, and discovered the Pacific Ocean. 


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Randy, it’s time you took advantage
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Randy, score some big wins
Randy, your e-statement is ready
Randy, there’s still time to save


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© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, August 20, 2022

I WONDER

How can I make my second home dreams a reality?
Or choose an all-inclusive resort?
Did Covid compromise our sense of smell?
Are you doing the Polo Classic this year?
Have you ever dived into a casserole?
What about the shocking split that divided Hollywood?
Or today’s mortgage rates?
What’s your definition of modernity?
Are you in a couple looking for a third?
Why are French troops in Mali?
How can roller derby be reimagined?
What summer was that?


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Friday, August 19, 2022

LET’S PUT THAT OCEAN NOTION IN MOTION

Where identitarian formations
Eschew overwrought energies 
And undergird generative methodologies
The only other reason to check a mirror
Is to convince myself 
I’m not an unauthorized individual,
Or individuals, 
Or a deer in the headlights of the car behind me.

When suddenly a Marimba ring tone
With goo-goo haiku eyes,
Says I love your notion
There’s a lot of water in the ocean.
No later than does not apply.
The reason for this is simple.
The bedding below decks beckons, 
Let’s put that ocean notion in motion!

A hankering itch, a force majeure.
Clashing crashing throwing off Higgs Bosons
Like glitter and confetti in a pride parade.
With NFT’s for brains and
Body language over all our faces,
The sex is unprecedented,
Historic, sweeping, and transformational.
I don’t care what anybody says.



© 2022 Randy Stark
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Thursday, August 18, 2022

BUILDING E

What we have done we have
Made them feel like they have
Tried something new and different,
Something super rare, 
Super deluxe.
They have experienced 
Building E
And boosted their discoverability.

I look at him.
I look at her.
He’s like all proud.
She’s like let’s celebrate.
I’m all let’s not.
She’s like should we be concerned?
I’m all I would be
Because here’s the thing.

America may be gummy
But curly fries still rule.




© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, August 13, 2022

SAINTHOOD IS A LONER SPORT

You have reached St Augustine.
I am currently in my study (see Botticelli)
And cannot be disturbed.

Calls I’m not looking forward to receiving
Plus whatever comes out of the blue
That inbox is already full.

My stay connected device
For streaming and feuding
Hasn’t been checked in months. 

From the deep abyss of nethermost hell
Comes high speed talk text and data
Disguised as blueberry frisson.

I’m here to tell you
I’m not available.
Don’t be blowing up my fucking phone.



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Friday, August 12, 2022

Strikers

SYSTEMS COMMAND

To ensure 
Improve
Increase
And maximize
Covert and kinetic capabilities
Securing mission accomplishment
With dedication, determination, and grit. 


WARSHIPS

Warships are christened.
Warships are worshipped.
I really like warships, said the college student.
There’s just something majestic about them.


NO LONGER BATTLEFIELDS

Our strategic vector
Is to identify, 
Develop, deliver and sustain
Warfighting domains
From seabed to space.


RIGHTEOUS STRIKERS

combat-ready force 
unparalleled warfighters 
poised to win at a moment’s notice




© 2022 Randy Stark
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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Sharing the Stoke

 ART

Covers more than 30 percent of the earth’s surface.


EARN POINTS FOR FREE PIZZA

Learn how.


BREAKOUT INDIE STAR

Ears tagged like cattle.
Armed to the teeth.


OPTIMIST

One who teaches reading.


TRIBUTE TO X

I like X.
I saw X.


SEAMUS HEANEY TRANSLATED BY HAND

The line “made our memories vanish like shadows”
Becomes “nade iyr nenirues vabusg kuje sgadiws”.


LIFEGUARD TOWER FIVE

Sharing the stoke.


PAINTED DESERT

Ida thought
Youda been.


JIU JITSU PRESCHOOL

Next to Wienerschnitzel/Tastee-Freez.


AS IF

In all caps.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Choice Bits

Please bear with me as there may be among these bits some good old oldies; but I am certain there are a few new ones as well.

***********************

The first is in fact from a previous Choice Bits, September 2021.  The writer is Ada Limón, who just last month was appointed to the position of Poet Laureate of the USA.

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

***********************

Now, a few bits from The Trial, by Franz Kafka. The bits in quotation marks are from the novel.

The protagonist, known only as K. has some disturbing encounters with government authorities, agents of a department that “doesn’t seek out guilt among the general population, but, as the Law states, is attracted by guilt.”

“I don’t know that law,” says K. 

“All the worse for you,” says one agent.  “You’ll feel it eventually.”

Later on, a different agent from the department arrives at K’s house. “You’re under arrest,” the agent says to K., “but that’s not meant to keep you from carrying on your profession. Nor are you to be hindered in the course of your ordinary life.”

“Then being under arrest isn’t so bad,” says K.

“I never said it was”.

*********************

Next is Gertrude Stein. These lines are from short pieces in a collection titled Geography and Plays

“By the time artificial flowers were made out of feathers no pride was left.”

“Public speaking is sinister if cousins are brothers.”

“There is no end of likelihood.”

“In believing a shoemaker you believe his father.”

“The waves are never higher than the water.”

“The single attention was such that any candy was the same as eaten.”

“They have a way of doing what they are doing, they have a way of not doing what they are not doing.”

************************




© 2022 Randy Stark
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Friday, August 5, 2022

NEW KICKS

One platform,
Two schools of thought
With cross-functional teams
Dedicated to each.

Group chats,
Enhanced information readiness,
Enigma variations,
Vagina monologues.

The axe of the opossuls
And other fantasies
Including footage never before seen
(Axis of the uhpossils I mean)

Exploring colonial legacies like they are
Raw bacon interrogated through the perspective
Of an othered frankfurter
Delving and disrupting discursive space.



© 2022 Randy Stark
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Thursday, August 4, 2022

WHICH EXPLAINS THIS MORNING

People always come up to me and say
Your natural diamond
Saves the world from extinction.
And to say I wore it better than
Katy Perry or AOC
Is an understatement.
If the time is right: you win!
Is the way I look at it.

Hell you can’t even go out for a walk anymore
Without some Lettrist priest taking the microphone
During the Notre Dame—Michigan State game 
To spout some anticlerical screed.
The barber shop is tagged with text predictions,
And two different posters for two different missing women.
The vast abyss becomes a bottomless pit
With gated RV parking.

I’m of the Original Six People.
I believe in First Gammie and First Grandad.
I believe in First Oma and First Opa.
I believe in First Nana and First Tata.
I believe in First Bibi and First Bapu.
I believe in First Mamaw and First Papaw.
No, I know, but it’s true.
And I’m not just whistling Dixie’s Carriage Trade.

I believe I definitely like have the right 
To live in a city that is a dining destination.
And snappily the appily shows
No traffic between here and 
Cheap drafts. Chill atmosphere. 
Served on a bed of moonlight.
The best place for all of your entertainment needs. 
It has to be, it’s been visited 900 billion times!

Which explains this morning,
Whipping up a batch of heartfelt poems
Like a crazed ATM disgorging $20s.
I mistook the coffee maker for the water flosser and
Experienced the taste of Mesopotamia without leaving home.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again,
I’ve got a monkey’s uncle on my back
And yet it’s all just incredibly rewarding.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Celebrities React


THE ANGELS FIRED THEIR MANAGER

Call all hands to muster.
It’s an at-sea change of command.
The ceremony is underway.


THE END OF CIVILIZATION

Celebrities react.
Y el mundo deportes.


SECOND SHORTEST VERSE IN THE BIBLE

Jesus relax.


WANT TO HAVE YOUR HAMMOND B3 AND EAT IT TOO?

I don’t know what to tell you.


I’VE LOVED THE BLUE ANGELS

All of my life.


PLEASE CONTINUE HOLDING

There are no other calls ahead of you.


STARS
 
They’re just like us.


SKIP TRIAL

Sign in.


FROGS IN SLOWLY BOILING PASTA WATER

I’ve taken the pledge. 
Have YOU?






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Saturday, July 30, 2022

THE GREEN LIGHT IS YOURS FOR THE TAKING 

What she said to me was she said like
It’s what Hollywood’s hottest couples swear by.
Try it for yourself.
Get started now.
Create an account.
Earn a free night.
Get screened.
Limit large fish consumption.
Forget fad diets.
But don’t forget the flowers!
And then I pulled up a coupon.
I had thought well you know.
She told me she said

I prequalified for a special balance transfer.
She gave me a unique offer code,
Preferred of course,
2x better, 7x better.
Easy care.
Ultra relief.
Unlimited cash back.
Episodic yet integrated.
Free flowing and highly contrasted
With an eye toward
Where your spending is trending.
Fucking the bomb.
I was like no way.

But yeah, no.
No medical exam.
No sales pressure.
No waiting period.
No co-pays.
No out of pocket.
No referrals.
And never worry about hidden fees.
Safe drivers save 40 percent.
Migration charges waived.
Classic popcorn chicken.
Sno-Cones for the kids.
Peace of mind comes included.

That’s what I was trying to tell you. 
Secret location.
Private road.
Total tranquility.
Plus fast itch relief.
Simply complete this process
To scale up capacity,
Remove cellular debris,
Tame nervous tension quickly,
And make your body shine.
The green light is yours for the taking.
Talk to your healthcare provider.
Protect your family’s future.

Buy more 
Save more.
Learn more.
Control your music and more.
One active cash card.
Positive exits = happy endings.
For the champion in everyone.
Access.
Follow.
Recommend.
Comment.
Share.
Subscribe.


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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Shop Talk: Anecdotal

I was recently reminded being told this. Back around 1946, already famous from the huge Broadway success of The Glass Menagerie, the hot young playwright Tennessee Williams had finished another play, tentatively titled The Poker Night, and submitted the script to his agent. 

The agent, Audrey Wood, read The Poker Night and immediately sensed another blockbuster Broadway triumph; but, she said, the play needed a better title.

So, Ms. Wood took it upon herself to retitle The Poker Night. Then, just as she had predicted, the play opened to smashing acclaim, became a standard of American theater, and later a classic Hollywood film, known as A Streetcar Named Desire.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Three Easy Pieces


IT’S ALL DOCUMENTED

I told them yesterday
Because somebody asked the question
What can be said for what can’t be?

What’s to come never comes.
I see it all the time.
If it were green we’d call it spring mix.


UNEASE

Surrounded by young and successful
Global changemakers,
Brand ambassadors,
Mega influencers, 
Renowned artists,
And cultural thought leaders,
I don’t see anybody that looks like me.


I HATE REINDEER

Splattered all over the windshield 
And the front of the truck.

Cried my eyes out.
Cried rivers.

I’m very sensitive. 
I told you.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, July 23, 2022

PORTRAIT OF AZUMI

who became a management analyst,
syndicated, vindicated and
taken as indicated.
she liked heights:
highly skilled,
highly trained,
synced, linked, 
and state certified 
after a fall from a trapeze
ended her chosen career as a circus acrobat.
she rocks a default visage
of not very pleasant 
though she’s easily provoked to laughter
and doesn’t let great skin care stop at her face.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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Friday, July 22, 2022

STREAMING

You know what I said
To him I said Tobias I said
Human being is dependent upon many things,
Chief among them:
Food, water and cell phone.
Plus, players clubs and mobile flash sales,
Sound baths and thermal pools,
Pet spas and detailing,
DJs and photo booths,
Patient portals and installation views,
Carryalls and clutches but
Only from the most coveted designers,
Clean title, custom cash,
Low miles, killer deals.
That being said

I told him I go look.
I am a product of my times.
I wish everything was doctor formulated,
Clinically proven, recommended #1.
I wish all cafes offered Puppacinos
With harpistry beyond angelic
And deeply inspiring mugs.
I wish Green Monday was every day.
And today especially.
It’s time to start getting rewarded
By activating those cardholder perks!
Experience that high-end chic coastal ambiance!
Or the privacy of your dreams!
And we are streaming...right?
And he’s all Yeah.



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Saturday, July 16, 2022

COINCIDENCE

At the Lounge Above and Beyond,
In between the collision center and memory care,
The hideout I retreated to after every shift, 
The bartender had a boyfriend,
Big as day the devil's own nephew he was, 
An existential threat to public safety,
Buying her jewelry, rings, necklaces.

But it was her idea to serve me wine in a glass tumbler.
And that I should go back to school.
I said wherever you went to school is where I want to go.
The mechanic who worked on my car, same with her.
I said wherever you went to school is where I want to go.
And, coincidentally, they both had graduated from the same school.
So that’s where I went ahead and graduated from.

© 2022 Randy Stark

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Shop Talk: First line

A good opening line is essential to a poem. You strive and agonize over that first line for every work.  And then a ten-year-old kid comes along and dunks on you.

“Old Toys” by Melody Maxfield Cortez | Rattle: Poetry

 



 

 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

NOT SCIENCE FICTION

The planet I live on has twenty moons,
Like somebody fried some okra
And tossed them into the sky.


FOUR SUNS

Come in the shape of
A breast, a wing, a leg, and a thigh.


HIGH ALERT

Tired and in pain.
Like most people.


SERVICE CUTBACK

Sparks outrage.


DOORBUSTERS

Excluded from coupons.


PEACE AND FREEDOM

All in favor face charges.


HOW’D WE FUCK IT UP SO QUICKLY?

Not sure.
Tryna think. 
Failed to fetch?



© 2022 Randy Stark
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Monday, July 4, 2022

Choice Bits: Independence Day edition

 
From Widespread Panic, a novel by James Ellroy.

“Hollywood will fuck you when no one else will.”

Plus, these epithets: “rump rangers,” “K-Y cowboys,” “snout trout,” “grasshoppers,” and references to a photo of Marlon Brando “with his mouth full.”


From Pussy, King of the Pirates, a novel by Kathy Acker.

“In those days, there were too many bodies for there to be such a thing as murder.”

“The viciousness of girls cannot be imagined.”


From “One Man at a Time,” a poem by laureate Tracy K. Smith in her collection Such Color.

There was one man I couldn’t resist.
He carried himself like the leader
Of a small nation whose citizens
Whispered about his extravagant wife

And brewed their own beer
In basements hung with forbidden flags.

















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Saturday, July 2, 2022

In a Franchise Sort of Way


ONCE TWICE

Once in Costa Mesa
I stayed at the hotel a ballet company was staying at.

I stayed at the hotel another ballet company was staying at
Once in Los Angeles.



THINGS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

From the club scene
To the world stage
Reaching out in a franchise sort of way.

Center court.
Ringside.
Behind the plate.

Great deals on the latest tech.
Gun and knife wound emergency kits:
Their toughest tests await.

Did you see that video of a tornado
Hitting a school full of students?
No wonder there’s a substitute teacher shortage.

But the demand for the complete works of Dmitri Shostakovich
Transcribed and arranged for ice cream truck
Continues unabated.

 

 

© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Two poems

EVERY SO OFTEN

The Stop Requested voice
From the bus
And the No Lifeguard On Duty sign
At the beach
Get together.
It’s lit.
The party, the shoes.
Bomb-ass music.


THIS MORNING IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

What’s your name?
When I told him
He started to walk away
But then stopped, turned, and looked at me
Like the page had been refreshed
And he was seeing me anew.
I repeated myself.
That’s my name I said.
He took a step away. Stopped.
Looked at me. He wasn’t quite sure
Where he stood in the universe.
His body wanted to flee, but his feet were steadfast.
He removed his hat.
He took a knee.
My Lord.



© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, June 18, 2022

This poem inspired me early on; it still does:

Recuerdo
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

We were very tired, we were very merry—
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable—
But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,
We lay on a hill-top underneath the moon;
And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.

We were very tired, we were very merry—
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry;
And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear,
From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere;
And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold,

We were very tired, we were very merry,
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
We hailed, “Good morrow, mother!” to a shawl-covered head,
And bought a morning paper, which neither of us read;
And she wept, “God bless you!” for the apples and pears,
And we gave her all our money but our subway fares.



Sunday, May 8, 2022

[The city breaks in houses to the sea, uneasy with waves,]

(by Charles Reznikoff) 

The city breaks in houses to the sea, uneasy with waves,
And the lonely sun clashes like brass cymbals.

In the streets truck-horses, muscles sliding under the steaming hides,
Pound the sparks flying about their hooves;
And fires, those gorgeous beasts, squirm in the furnaces,
Under the looms weaving us.

At evening by cellars cold with air of rivers at night,
We, whose lives are only a few words,

Watch the young moon leaning over the baby at her breast
And the stars small to our littleness.

The slender trees stand alone in the fields
Between the roofs of the far town
And the wood far away like a low hill.

In the vast open
The birds are faintly overheard.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Expressive Activities

 

It’s Spring and Mabel Mercer singing Cole Porter songs.

 

I just finished reading Swan Dive, a 2021 memoir (and some funny behind the scenes observations) by NYCB dancer Georgina Pazcoguin.

 

Among the topics she covers is an issue I’ve long wondered about: “The success of The Nutcracker as a revered tradition in the United States is baffling,” she writes.  “The US is the only country that regularly performs a ballet that everyone else in the world considers unwatchable.”

 

Another pithy comment concerns a different ballet and a role she was apparently dissatisfied with: “The part was so incredibly mindnumbing,” she writes “that while sitting in the wings I was able to do my taxes.”

 

And speaking of wings and Spring and birds and things, Dorothy Parker was having none of it:  “Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off .”


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Saturday, April 9, 2022

In case you missed it

 Black Lives Matter Releases Statement on Biden's 2022 Budget - Black Lives Matter

 



 




"There is a saying that says a budget is a statement of priorities. If that is true, then Biden’s budget is showing Black people that he couldn’t care less about saving Black lives."---from the statement above.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Stickin' It to Putin















STICKIN’ IT TO PUTIN

Made with non-Russian vodka.
One after another.
After another.
After another.
Stickin’ it to Putin.
You do that enough
And it starts to have an effect.




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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Shop Talk (a continuing series)

















From The First 21 by Nikki Sixx 

“Early on [with Motley Crue] I would insist on rehearsing whole sets, playing backward from the encore, then forward again, building our intros, breaking every song down, remaking it, breaking it back down one more time. It was relentless.” 

Randy Sez:

Thank you to the writers I read just before I begin my day
They inspire me, but don’t hold them responsible.
My writing is like my wrestling
Informed by Japanese and Mexican stylists
With plenty of Freddie Blassie
And The Fabulous Moolah mixed in.
But all my own doing.

Randy Sez more:

I write using a secret formula.
A messy desk has many dimensions.
References and Source Material a go go.
A random list of random things at hand:
Writers’ Thesaurus
Old Farmer’s Almanac
Dr. Bronner packaging
A People’s Guide to Los Angeles
I Will Pass Even to Acheron, by Amanda Newell, 2021
A monograph of artworks by Chaim Soutine
The King James Version of the Holy Bible
A couple of books on NW Coast Native art.

Randy Sez More Plus:

And not always, but often I’m listening to music as I write or read. Sometimes I listen just to listen:

Vivian Fung, Phillip Glass, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Roy Hargrove,
Sister Rosetta Tharpe: There Are Strange Things Happening Every Day
Koko Taylor: Whang Dang Doodle
Memphis Minnie
Luther Johnson (Snakeboy?)
Symphony #2 by Johannes Brahms
Les McCann, Live at the Village Vanguard, 1967
Her "Fachwerk for bayan, percussion and string orchestra" is great.


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Saturday, March 19, 2022

String Theory

 
Art by Antonio Berni










I’LL TELL PEOPLE, HEY

Dream, believe, achieve.


YESTERDAY WAS BLACK ICE! 

I was terrified to drive
But not choice!!! 


YES

I want to win $1 million dollars a week for life!



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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Choice Bits (a continuing series)



UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
I hope this link works. Maya Deren.



And I’ll tell you right now
Things have been so great
They’re throwing money at my feet.
Contracts and women at my feet.
I don’t know what the rest of my body’s doing
But I’ve got the happiest feet you ever saw.

Jack E. Leonard, Hollywood Palace, October 16, 1965


The invincible power of poetry has reduced me to the condition of a tattered beggar.

Basho, 17th century


Every Country Gets the Refugees It Deserves

Rabih Alameddine, title chapter from The Wrong End of the Telescope, 2021


Here are some other things I liked over the past few months:

DUSIE: Tuesday poem #457 : Wayne Miller : WHAT I KNOW ABOUT TIRANA

Venus de Milo: On Being Rediscovered by Karen Head - Poems | poets.org

Trap Music by David Tomas Martinez - Poems | Academy of American Poets

Review: ‘Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet’ at the Met Museum – ARTnews.com


The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, 2006
Harrow, by Joy Williams, 2021
Narrative of Sojourner Truth, dictated to Olive Gilbert, 1850
A Walk in the Night, stories by Alex La Guma 1968
Memories of the Future, by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, 1920’s

And this poem: Minna IX

Sedate and archaic, a twilight-frilled haze
Walks over the meadows like rolled-out centuries
Quivering in sprightly welcome.
Trees pushed down by silence;
Trees lolling in comely abandon;
Trees pungently flamboyant,
Their leaves spinning in the wind’s golden elusiveness.
Trees probing the shrilly sensitive sunset
Like little, laced nightmares leaning
Upon a scarlet breast;
Trees sprinkling their stifled mockery
Upon the blue tomb of the air;
Trees, are you silenced beings
Whitening into the winding paradise
Of old loves seeking a second death?
And has this archaic, twilight-frilled haze
Moulded me to your semblance?

by Maxwell Bodenheim, born in 1892 in Hermanville, Mississippi, was a poet and novelist active in the early twentieth-century literary scenes of Chicago and New York’s Greenwich Village. 

These are the titles of my favorite poems by Frederick Seidel from his book Poems 1959-2009.

I’m Here This
The Complete Works of Anton Webern
The Death of Anton Webern
At a Factory in Italy
Yankee Doodle
A Pretty Girl
Going Fast
Portia Dew
The Birth of the Universe
Drinks at the Carlyle
Chiquita Gregory
We Have Ignition
Cosmopolitans at the Paradise
The Hour




Saturday, March 5, 2022

A Word from the Apotropaics

Get luck in a hurry.
Hit the winning numbers.
And hit them again and again.

Scan to receive.
Use promo code.
Discover the secret to

Rejuvenate yourself.
Make a moment.
Feel the difference.

Start your skin care journey.
Reverse the damaging effects of winter weather.
Tame nervous tension.

Turn back the clock.
Forget fad diets.
God ALWAYS gives us 

MORE than we can handle.
Six times more.
In tablets, powders, patches, creams, ointments, gels.


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Saturday, February 26, 2022

Share With Us


















You know how when you hit the back of your head
And everything goes to the front
In a musk ox stampede?

So take us through timing belt specials.
Do we have to set our clocks back or something?
Is that the Disney bundle?

I'd love to hear more about 
Positive thinking in subzero temperatures
Mazurkas, poemes & impromptus.

If you go down to da reeever
Ees eet herd immunity or tinning the herd?
What should be my level of concern?

Share with us 18 million coffee beans
Freshly ground, freshly brewed
Serves how many perfect cups?

Talk a little bit about the  
Meditation garden gate being padlocked
Tell us why people sleep outside like exposed pipes.

Aren’t they aware today is street sweeping day?
Don’t they know time’s running out
To give to the annual matching grant fund drive?



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