August 15, 2008

Grotesque music, million dollar sad.
Got no tactics, got no time on hand.

Michele Cormier-Attfield, Abstract Squares, 2007

i will learn how to love a person
and then i will teach you and then we will know

-- by Tao Lin

seen from a great enough distance i cannot be seen
i feel this as an extremely distinct sensation
of feeling like shit; the effect of small children
is that they use declarative sentences and then look at your face
with an expression that says, ‘you will never do enough
for the people you love’; i can feel the universe expanding
and it feels like no one is trying hard enough
the effect of this is an extremely shitty sensation
of being the only person alive; i have been alone for a very long time
it will take an extreme person to make me feel less alone
the effect of being alone for a very long time
is that i have been thinking very hard and learning
about mortality, loneliness, people, society, and love; i am afraid
that i am not learning fast enough; i can feel the universe expanding
and it feels like no one has ever tried hard enough; when i cried in your room it was the effect of an extremely distinct sensation that ‘i am the only person alive,’ ‘i have not learned enough,’ and ‘i can feel the universe expanding
and making things be further apart
and it feels like a declarative sentence
whose message is that we must try harder’

-- by David Lawrence

A man was walking past in an overcoat.
The dog was on wheels.
The man was wearing a threadbare
coat that didn't keep the rain
off his theater.
He was playing the good Samaritan,
walking the crippled terrier.
But I could tell from his bloodshot eye
and Coke bottle glasses
that he was a meat beater
and confused his Scottie with his sausage.

The Orange Bears
-- by Kenneth Patchen

The Orange bears with soft friendly eyes
Who played with me when I was ten,
Christ, before I'd left home they'd had
Their paws smashed in the rolls, their backs
Seared by hot slag, their soft trusting
Bellies kicked in, their tongues ripped
Out, and I went down through the woods
To the smelly crick with Whitman
In the Haldeman-Julius edition,
And I just sat there worrying my thumbnail
Into the cover---What did he know about
Orange bears with their coats all stunk up with soft coal
And the National Guard coming over
From Wheeling to stand in front of the millgates
With drawn bayonets jeering at the strikers?

I remember you would put daisies
On the windowsill at night and in
The morning they'd be so covered with soot
You couldn't tell what they were anymore.

A hell of a fat chance my orange bears had!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went to U. of Steubenville, OH. (now College of Steubenville, a franciscan catholic school btw) for a semester and half before the school administration held a hearing and then kicked me out for the offense of smoking pot in my dorm room. Um, no I didn't appeal their decision which suprised them. Anyway, was across the river from Wheeling, WVA and after it would snow, there would be a fine film of black from the then shuttered coal mills covering the whiteness. Also some days, the stench was overwhelming. Sorta like a Simpsons episode.

Yes, I know, Dean Martin is from there. It's a local mantra repeated ad-nauseam.

3:08 PM  
Blogger ryan manning said...

the next night we ate whale

6:55 AM  

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