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.

© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, March 19, 2022

String Theory

Art by Antonio Berni


Dream, believe, achieve.


I was terrified to drive
But not choice!!! 


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

© 2022 Randy Stark
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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Choice Bits (a continuing series)

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 |

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

Review: ‘FĂ©lix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet’ at the Met Museum –

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

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