Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Plot


To be drawn

From the forefront
Back into the ground

When least expected
Gentle reader,

So simple,
So profound.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Thomas Alva Edison aka The Batman

What's that you say? You thought Batman was Bruce Wayne? Put your glasses on and take another look.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Logos Manifest

Time

And time again,
It appears

In the annals
Of our evanescing

Unrelenting, cliché-ridden
Dream. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

To the Nihilist, Too

who says
he has nothing
he needs

nothing
but his self
to give

himself up to,
this offering
will have to do.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Found Patient Index Card, Harborview Memorial Hospital, Seattle, Washington, 1976


Breast
               cancer of             the breast, meta-
static ca.                   of
axillary lymph nodes.    Butchard,

             Maude died 3-29-48 photo X-
                                                             ray of lumbar
spine and pelvis, chest
photograph                    when
granuloma is cleared                up return

later

                 return in three months
return in three
                           months return
later

return
in one week X-ray
therapy to

left axilla and left neck X-ray therapy return

in four months
X-ray stomach

and also axilla

return in two
weeks return in one
week failed

appt.


Friday, September 24, 2010

B-U-R-D-E-N S-O-M-E B-E-A-S-T-S


Such brazen nonsense coming

From such serious heads, you
Think they would take the time

To weigh their every word before
Letting their tongues enlighten away.



Thursday, September 23, 2010

From Here to Eternity: Dead Ringer at Boot Camp, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo, May/June 1965

You never knew Jean Genet served a stint with Uncle Sam, did you? Well, just as some things are kept under wraps for various deceptive reasons and some appearances are meant to be intentionally deceiving, i.e the bogus name-tag with that implausible soubriquet, this authentic looking photo recently discovered jammed between the thin slit left between weathered floor boards in a safe house somewhere in Europe shows the great French writer staring at us from that infamous Middle West boot camp's PX photo booth. Observe, if you will, that famous full-of-meaning slanted glance he's throwing our way and the way his cig forms an artful ringlet that has just wafted up to the bottom of his trademark horn-rimmed glasses. As if all the above weren't enough to throw us off the track, he's also adorned his left hand with--of all things--a US high school class ring!*

Excuse my use of what might seem smacking of hyperbole, but from here to eternity, this is what I'd call the sublime art of subterfuge. 

*It has yet to be ascertained as fact, but rumor has it that the phrase Tell Laura I Love Her is engraved on the ring in question.



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Mood

may ours be forever         changing,
but not always

                                          like today’s

reflecting the dark
night sky

                                             light

Monday, September 20, 2010

Vitriol

My dear Lady Jane,
No need to explain
The demise
Of your infamous obnoxious
Former proboscis.

We’ve heard
The rumor of a tumor’s plain
As that snippet
Of a snub now gracing your face,
And oh so innocuous looking.

So pretty
Please with sugar on it,
For old times’ sake
Before you depart,
Give us your best parting shot—

No need for formalities, dearie,
Dispense with the snot.



Sunday, September 19, 2010

Coming Apart at the Think Factory


unhealthy


.


there you thought

you were whole

.


some did not see how

introspective

.


you came to be


.


a part of it

self-destructing

.


defective


.


machinery

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Less is More/More is Less

Whatever I take, I take too much or too little;
I do not take the exact amount. The exact amount
is no use to me.
—Antonio Porchia, Voices

Master, thank you

For showing us
All you have

To do is more
Or less than what

You want.


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Zanna, Hello and Goodbye, 6.30 am

My friend,

The young Kurd who works
A daily twelve-hour shift

At the local service station,
Has been on duty long before daybreak,

But as my bicycle is not
An automobile

And thus needs nothing
But air, he remains

In his cubicle and continues
Listening to songs

Of the motherland. Still, I know
He keeps an eye out for me

For when I leave,
I see an upright hand

Waving in the air.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Loss

After all these years,
Still so much

Depends wholly
On the dearly

Departed.

Definitely Not Lemmings #23

I'm pleased to welcome Paul Martin as another Definitely Not Lemmings; Paul's well-written and intelligent posts focusing on but not limited to teaching and education can be found here.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bang, Bang—You're Dead

Some claim

The sacred realm of poetry
As their sole rightful hunting ground,

And never miss the chance to kill
Whatever presumptuous poacher encroaches.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Fugitive Dream Sequence with Exaggerated Figures of Speech, Take 2002

A dream unfolding with scenes of what could be England or the US West Coast.

Three of us have stopped at a dipstick village where the fattest begins a kind of St. Vitus dance outside a knife-like Freudian slit of a shop—I’m suddenly inside under numberless dangling shoelaces of every size, color and description modifying a low ceiling defying description. Dark as an earthworm’s diggings. Fatso’s squirming on the sidewalk like Gregor Samsa in later larval stage so we cannonball him to the nearest hospital. On the road we’re driving through utterly beautiful vistas—paramount visions of the Pacific Northwest circa 1950s? And then gunning it over a long stretch of water—flashing blue silver-white and a floating bridge just below the surface. Odd—the people are swimming on the bridge, craning their popped-up heads just above the water as we lop them off with brio, aplomb and pizazz.

Cut to hospital where we’re told our friend has apoplexy–
no surprise—something we had garnered before— (how had we gathered this?) and as we say goodbye, I see he’s trying to use this contraption to feed himself—resembles a gangly pair of claws reminiscent of Hawking—but he’s too clumsy to manipulate it properly, and as I’m leaving I notice apricot pits lying surreptitiously in the folds of his sheets.

It continues until I’m suddenly alone
in a train station wanting to buy a ticket to London. Now, an actor in the dream, not an audience. The station’s bloated like a jumbo can of gone-off solid-packed John West tuna. After browsing some faux bijoux at a newsstand surrounded by grotesque, mall-crazed Japanese tourists trotting round looking like sushi addicts who’ve just quit cold turkey, I go to a ticket stall where a woman primly coiffured à la Dorothy Lamour tells me London tickets are issued at such-and-such a location at such-and-such a time but she garbles the information like Garbo and she doesn’t say she’s the one who’ll be doing the selling when the time comes. When the time does come and the loudspeaker plays it to see just how Sammy runs, everyone runs to the stall like diarrhetic buffalos pummeling the riders of the purple sage into pemmican—to the woman I’d spoken to before! We’re pushing and being pushed as if our lives depended on it, till a dapper railroad official with a dainty cowlick stands up behind the ticket stall and asks us all to please step back on the platform and please lie down so as not to be seen by the woman! This annunciation strikes us dumb, but we drop flat on our stomachs while he tells us ad infinitum that buying tickets should be a matter of style—un élan vital—until I say “Sure, but shouldn’t style be as goose-pimpling as coprolagnia? This is just plain shit”—and walk away.

Then, shots of a man (is it me?)
running away from Mr. X—(the offended official?) (Dr. Richard Kimble?)—each subsequent scene another chapter of the man’s life. At some stage in the middle, he senses it’s the railway official—always a presence behind him, always running scared, always looking back. But neither the man who’s doing the chasing nor the man being chased is seen— as if filming a cornucopian stream-of-consciousness interior monologue from As I Lay Lying in Yoknapatawpha County By Bill Clinton As Told To William Faulkner. Finally, the by now much older man comes to an ivy-choked country mansion where elegantly dressed people reeking of fin de siècle are loitering on the lawn conversing à la Henry James and playing sundry card games and he offers to be a dealer in one. He perches on a three-legged stool sans seat and a young woman sits primly on his lap. When she leaves, he starts speaking (so far, he has only gesticulated), saying he’s come as far as he’s fated to go and he’s going to stop. Still spraying saliva-larded syllables, he sits on the lawn, shuts his eyes and waits for the end. Like gadflies drawn to freshly catapulted cow pies, hordes of onlookers have now congregated round him and are commenting on this fact—some curiously, others ironically.

Now spread
eagled on his back, somewhat like the da Vinci drawing many have seen but few know the name of, the old man sputters to a stop— and now I see what he’s seeing: The blackness descends in folds like hot fudge over Mt. Fujiyama and the faces and voices coagulate and slowly melt until a vatic sounding voice strangely reminiscent of Francis the Talking Mule brazenly announces the man’s life or the dream we’ve just witnessed is akin to an iconoclastic Marguerite Duras New Wave screenplay with the curious title: Hiroshima mon amour, the end of history,
you
hypocrite dreamer!—mon semblable,—mon frère!

NB: Dreamt in 2002, this sequence has since gone through a number of minor revisions but without major changes to its images.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Poet, I've Been Meaning

But I’ve also been
Other things before

You came along
And shall be other

Things after you leave
That I can tell you about

If you’re interested,
All you have to do is help me

Invoke the right metaphor.