Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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Keats said that a poet's life is one of continual allegory.  I am a poet.  I'm not at the level of Keats or Stein or even Tim Dlugos, but I walk the same path.  And I believe that my life is a kind of symbolic narration that holds clues to the secret meanings of things.  Most people choose not to pick up on these clues.  Bully for them.  But those who take the time to study the lives of the poets can learn something valuable.

--owen hill [the chandler apartments; creative arts book company, 2002]

Sunday, December 04, 2016

theory of TV

yes we are here in between the space of a few breaths

why pretend we are not tourists on earth

when we are tourists everything around us is in sharp relief

we are strangers here & we are ordinary citizens on earth

e.g. we plan for a holiday in paris where its history

architecture literature art & people beguile us by their beauty

the blvds and boits in sharp relief against the days of our lives

everything & everyone we see in paris turn exotic strange & beautiful

when we vacation in a place that place takes a significant resonance

i recall standing in a queue w/ anna waiting to board a boat to tour alcatraz prison

2 very goodlooking young men standing in front of us

& 3 or 4 chinese girls were behind us talking & giggling madly

one girl approaches the boys and translates for the girls

we are here in california & my friends want to know if you are movie stars

& what is more ordinary then the desire to be dazzled by difference

but even in the midst of the exotic are its citizens who find their home

look out our windows at the scenery we see everyday & then turn on the TV

thus by this common act everywhere we live & everyone on earth whomever we are

or wherever we are ordinary


  

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 couch poetato

--mark young [from his wonderful pwoermd blog won des laits]

Thursday, December 01, 2016

i want to write a poem/essay/manifesto and title it A SURVIVOR GUIDE which would outline how to navigate these soon to be darkened waters but i don't know how or what my guide should say cuz like you i'm flummoxed, scared & confused by the mess we are in, climate change is the larger worry, we will not, can not, are not able, to do what is necessary to cope with a changing climate, & even if we wanted to make those changes, i fear we have passed a couple of critical tipping points, we are, in the words of a climate scientist writing recently in the guardian, 'fucked'

so i will have to take a leaf from my notebook of the damned & hold off on writing that survivor guide

i make a confession, i am an optimist by nature, by default even, i think our human being is good, even if we do & behave in manners that are evil, destructive

poetry is life

'being a poet is not writing a poem but finding a new way to live', sd paul le fleur

it is time to find new ways to live, brothers & sisters

quote unquote

when you have something to say
say it clearly
& otherwise shut the fuck up

--stefan hyner

Monday, November 28, 2016

advice from ernie the cat

 oh for fuck's sake slow down & eat the flowers

Sunday, November 27, 2016

couplet

but of course the world is fucked up
that should stop you from having a good time?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

a vision / a dream

last night i dreamt [i don't put much stock in dreams] that we were survivors of the zombie apocalypse & the world didn't turn on human vs. human vs. zombies but human vs. zombies i recall a pivotal moment when we organized for survival we decided to evacuate & cull our resources to stop the endless waves of the undead marching forward eating thru what was our world until we piled sand bags & cinder block walls that stopped them we held the living dead with water cannons that tore in to their rotted flesh as we packed our gear gathered food & water & scrambled in to our vehicles for safer lands that was my dream my vision as the catastrophe winds up

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it.  From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty.  You want to grab a politician by the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, 'Look at that, you son of a bitch.'

--edgar mitchell, apollo 14 astronaut