Saturday, October 29, 2022

Plus Powerful Antioxidants

 
SEEKING HAPPINESS

As my dad would say, “Keep me posted.”


TRACK THREE

The platform stretches 
Like a wide, sandy beach
The station is silent.
The train is late.
And those are invisible waves
People are staring at
Or checking their phones.
Whoa!


DELETE CONTACT

For like the two dozenth time
In the last ten minutes.


GUILT

I feel I haven’t done enough
To where it ends up 
I’ve done too much because 
I didn’t do enough not to.


PACKED FOR HEAVEN

Got my name and SSN.
Got my phone.
And my Theragun.
And my scooter. 


A THOUSAND YEARS

It’s not that long
When you’re an artist.
But you can only get there by avatar.


WE USED DAY OFFERS ALL WEEKEND

Plus powerful antioxidants.


NOW WE TALKIN’

Two equal a sextile.
Three a square.
Four a trine.


STATEROOM FOR A SIMPLE MAN

This must be Paradise.
Birds of Paradise are everywhere,
And it’s not like they’d be on vacation somewhere else.
A clique of dragon fruit 
Sheepishly tried sliding the magic
Carpet back in under me.
Most fun I ever had with my clothes on


THAY YA GO

Epic ideas await.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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My books are available on Amazon.


Friday, October 28, 2022

What Some People Go By

Carolina goes by “Roli” 
Thomas goes by “Tom” 
Armando goes by “A.Y.”
Donna goes by “Polly”
Paul by “Wally” 
Jermaine by “Jelly” 
Manuela by “Huela”
Vernetta by “Nan”
Morris “Mickey”
Consuelo "Chito"
Patricia “Trish”
Mei-Ling "Louise"
Nathaniel “Nate”
Yolanda “Yoli”
Katherine “Kay”
Forrest “Woody”
Georgia "Gigi"
Andreas “Andy”
Lido “Lee”
Richard “Dick”
Richard “Rick”
Anna “Marge”
Margaret “Joan”
Catherine “Cati”
Najimadin "Darrell"
Carolyn “Sally”
Nancy “Nonnie”
George “Joker”
Maximus “Max”
Lloyd “Lucky”
Barbara “Bobbi”
Rollen “Rollie”
Miyako “Miki”
Petra “Pet”
May “Lillie”
Dexter “Doc”
Dorothy “Dot”
Wilhelmina "Willa"
Satoru “Sat”
Virginia “Ginny”
Sherman “Sherm”
G.W. “Skip”
Elmer “Al”
Yoshiko “Yoshi”
Leif  "Arne"
Bernita “Bea”
Margaret “Gibby”
Eleanor “Elly”
Refugio "Cuco"
Paul “Mike”
Ruth “Mo”
And DeVeren goes by “Buddy”


© 2022 Randy Stark
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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Sects, Rugs, and Rocky Road

The clouds were super thick,
Daylight capped at three hours 

Which simply means
Look here,

Can’t even go downstairs for breakfast
Without the world coming to an end. 

There is no breakfast,
No downstairs.  

My childhood has ratted me out.
I’m unfit for the future.

People be othering me
Fairy godmotherfuckers all of them.

Absolutely portentous
When you add it up,

Or it does me, anyway,
Wearing a sweater.



© 2022 Randy Stark
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My books are available on Amazon.


 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

I've Been They

DOING MY PART

I farted to ease inflationary pressure.


CELEBRITY LEADERSHIP

It’s so phony, it’s authentic!


CHURCH CARNIVAL

Fun and salvation for all ages.


UNSELFISH FOOTBALL

Is smart football.


THE IMPRESSIONIST

Does a great Degas.


TORTURE

Brings out the writer in everyone.


SAVE A TREE

Save your breath.


INVASIVE SPECIES

In their finisher tee shirts.


I SOUGHT FULFILLMENT

Decades before there were fulfillment centers.


THERE IT IS AGAIN

That bottomless void.


TWO MEN STABBED

Woman held.


I’VE BEEN THEY

Now back to you.



© 2022 Randy Stark
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My books are available on Amazon.



Saturday, October 22, 2022

Rancho del Oro

A lifetime building my brand:
Balancing and disappearing acts
Set mostly in Mexican waters.

I was worth the follow,
But it’s been a minute.
My last 900 points expired. 

These days my body is only useful in 
Ridesharing my brain from Point A to Golden Donut,
Essentially a repository, a U-Pick

Of comprehensive mental health care,
Counseling, psychiatry, case management 
and substance use disorder treatment

For some tough motherfuckers
Who knew the score
Before the game

Had even been invented,
Like it was urgent 
Bitterly urgent.

I just downloaded Windows for Nutcases.
Despair grips me like four-wheel drive.
And I’ll be a witch’s anus

If I ain’t talking with images
And they ain’t talking right back,
Setting up my personal account to store 

My memories and all the forgotten keystrokes.
I swear on a stack of DSMs this is
The iBeginning of the iEnd.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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My books are available on Amazon.


Thursday, October 20, 2022

Step 3

BEING HONEST 

And true to her own core values
Is what she is all about
Say former associates
Familiar with the matter
Speaking on the condition of anonymity
Because they are not authorized 
To discuss the matter publicly.


THE LUCKY

Those theys and thems
Soon to discover their
Mystery points offer.


COORS CAN

Street pancake.


FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS

Sales.
Parts.
Service.


ADULTHOOD

Loyalty cards. 
Cash back rewards.
Great relationship rates.


DEVICE

Where’s my phone? he declared,
Pulling his dick out of her mouth. 


NEGATIVITY

Ivity
Ivity
Oooo.


FAST ACTING

Headache,
Fever,
Gone!


STEP 3

Press OK.




© 2022 Randy Stark
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My books are available on Amazon.


Saturday, October 15, 2022

Free Day

CITY CREWS ARE ON THE SCENE

Imagine princesses in red gowns,
Cheesy, Airy, and Puffy,
Looking for sharps.
And not only that
Each one the bomb.


THIS IS WHAT I TELL MYSELF

The person sleeping next to the generator
In back of the discount tire center?
I tell myself
If you don’t like being wakened at 6 a.m.
Don’t be that person.


CHANGING TIMES

It used to be a map and a bare chest was all you needed.
Now with GPS all you need is the bare chest.


THE WORD SERIES

Language got picked off first.
De-based.
The pitcher had a great move.


TWO SLOTHS BOARDED 

I’m like 
What?
They’re still letting sloths on?
Oh shit.
Uh OK.
I’m looking around.
Then I realize it’s
Free Day on Noah’s Ark.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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My books are available on Amazon.


Friday, October 14, 2022

Follow Along with All Your Might

Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 
The year’s #1 new drama.

Get preapproved instantly.
Watch college football all season long.

Educate, investigate,
Soothe your ski-stressed skin.

By all accounts everybody agrees, 
Synod and sinner alike,

Why settle for a precision paring knife
When you can make non-disciplinarity 

Your keyless entry to the world of 
Superpower snacking secrets.

It’s like, “Toss me that woolly mammoth.”
There are people who that’s their job, right?

Right?
Right?

You may be left wondering how
And it’s easy to see why.

Choose which brands you want to save with,
Every day, pretty much.

Maintain a bright palette and
Scan to explore what is now 

Legit an exciting new vistas thing.
Get a second day free.

We’re here to help.
What days work best for you?


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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Like This: three poems informed by the super event called Eternity


MASSIVE LITHIUM BATTERIES

I worship massive lithium batteries
The way the Mexicans next door 
Worship barbecue, beer, and banda.

And if I may add something,
You don’t need to be Einstein’s health tracker
To worship massive lithium batteries.

You don’t even have to believe;
Most don’t, we
Just worship anyway.


DREAM TEAM MULTIVERSE

Texas Roadhouse
Planet Fitness
Many Miracles Academy
And lot of laying around outside
Looking into the sky.

Pressure steady, winds calm,
Delivers you to the same portal,
Play station or lobby bar
In a city of how many different doorsteps,
Price points and screens?

I see koi in sandals,
An aquarium of quail in the apricot tree,
Turtles in sack cloth, lizards in straw hats,
Monks ruminating like camels
Rubber jaws aflap.


LIKE THIS

Without a pinch of sugar
Doesn’t nothing really rise.

Eureka! Skittles!
Hey you know what we should do?

She’s like right here pointing.
Her body rises to meet mine.

We doin’ it right now.
Like this, and like this.

Oh Jesus oh
And like this.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Choice Bits, a continuing series

This episode is overweighted on the male side, but I think there is some redeeming balance in the Art and Random Video sections below. And as for the links in the Music section, or any links actually: if the link has rotted, googling the subject is worth the time.

LITERATURE

Clive James on the poetry of Robert Frost: “His easy-seeming, usually iambic, conversational forward flow is a deception, a way of not just bringing show-stopping moments to your attention but of moving them past your attention, so that you will form the correct impression that he does not want the show stopped for such a secondary consideration as brilliance.”

Rudyard Kipling on a good night’s sleep: “It was the forty-fathom slumber that clears the soul and eye and heart, and sends you to breakfast ravening.”

Willa Cather on waking up the next morning: “Day broke with silvery brightness on the summer sage. The sky grew pink, the sand grew gold. The dawn-wind brought through the windows the acrid smell of the sagebrush: an odour that is peculiarly stimulating in the early morning, when it always seems to promise freedom… large spaces, new beginnings, better days.” 

William Faulkner on a morning ritual: “He puts his shoes on, stomping into them, like he does everything, like he is hoping all the time he really can’t do it and can quit trying to.”

Ezra Pound (c/b about the Biden admin): “Mouths biting empty air,/The still stone dogs”

Friedrich Nietzsche telling like it is: “Without a constant counterfeiting of the world by means of numbers, man could not live.”

William Blake also telling like it is: “Now the speaking serpent walks/In mild humility/And the just man rages in the wilds/Where lions roam.”






Saturday, October 8, 2022

My Glasses


LOLA

Spotted at Jiffy Lube.


AT LUCY’S LIQUOR

Cashing a check.


DAMIAN DON’T LIKE HER

Airbuddy know dat.
But if she pulls out
That company’s toast.
Airbuddy know dat as well.


MALEEK WEEPING

Licorice ropes
Sobbing strawberry tears
Like popcorn busting out her eyes
Crying her nose off 
Like it was a slice of pie
And she threw it at Pierre
For making her cry.


MACLOVIO

From the base.
He says he knows you.
He works with
What’s the white chick’s name?
Daniela. Yeah. 
He works with Daniela.


HEY JASON

My glasses.


QUEENIE SAW A NEED

For cute workout apparel.


K’NYAAH WANTS TO FOCUS
 
On what’s best
For the kids
A source says.


JORGE

And Deidre, too.


BRIDGETTE’S CAFE

Is also Bridgette’s Warehouse of Hot Wheels.
And she’s overstocked!
Her inventory of 
Hot Wheels left behind
Grows daily.


ALISA WAS LIKE

Funnel cakes!


STANG RAY
 
Jumped salty at Andy’s.
After a video surfaced.


TIFFANY

Tiffany is in rehab.


SHEBA TEXT ME YESTERDAY

She say oh my god.


© 2022 Randy Stark
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My books are available on Amazon.


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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My books are available on Amazon.




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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My books are available on Amazon.

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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My books are available on Amazon.