Showing posts from January, 2014

An unlikely story with art by Kato Jaworski

By Kato Jaworski An unlikely story Could I dismantle my stake in progress? Delete a few of the novelty apps from my iPhone? Stop using GPS? Postpone texting while I’m on the crapper? Can I leave the net, go mobilephoneless? Can I store a dead laptop in burlap? Without my computer, will there be lunch? I’ll work at home, schedule a midday nap. I’ll free the old well and muck out the sludge. I will be thirsty. I will be a mess. Where can I walk when the Honda won’t budge? Can I rest long nights in February? I’ll make my own music on wires and jugs. I’ll stitch my own wounds, meet pain’s ecstasies, and make a storied storehouse of my lap. In summer only I’d eat ripe cherries, and hang The Apple back upon The Tree.

Adventures in Publication Pt. I

Hadouken! On January 21, I put my book out into the word. I pressed the button, launched the project. Hadouken! That's how I initially felt the effort. Hadouken is a kung-fu power move from the Street Fighter video games. Ryo seems to gather all his spirit and power and push it forward from his body in a wave of blue force that's strong enough to knock someone down. All the 30 years of writing poems, the decades of submitting poetry, the rejections and acceptances, the ongoing improvement, 20 years of professional copywriting, writing and performing comedy and poetry and music, teaching poetry, everything i know about writing cover letters and resumes, plus all the support and contribution and collaboration of artists, each with their own individual forces of brilliance and creativity, the timing just before Mercury retrograde, all the blessing of friends, of fellow poets, all coming together, all in a great energy ball ---- HADOUKEN! And I'm also imagining

Meditation with art by Katina Huston

By Katina Huston Meditation The smooth stones blessed in Quan Yin’s radius, shaded by the rambling ficus, give way to the pale paisleys of my bed sheets, mussed in slow rising to the views of a day. Soon the traffic of the busiest blocks filters tidally through my maculae and into my mouth, parted as I saw on the serene Buddha faces arrayed everywhere I went in Ayutthaya. Where I sit like this is all one locus, where my thoughts’ weight and quantity withdraw becoming as light and few as the skies I’ve known. All seats are found in the same straw. All breath is drawn from one well. As it slows I count the cycles lifting away. Here the meat of a being that sees and moves recalls the unity it itself proves.

Whose idea? with art by Jon Turner

Whose idea?     “We send the monkey out to Planet X in the Horsehead Nebula—     the planet that looks like it’s coming and going at the same time—     so monkey can collect soil samples and watch the stars being born.”         —Dan Carbone Records (that no one will ever review) reflect that you were assembled and set onto an unexplored planet, into a vast, indifferent deepness. Your settings are dialed more toward “to be,” less toward “to do.” There’s a cay between seeing and seeking, but you cross it without noticing how a distant, deeper glint got you thinking: there may be something you’re supposed to know, a new mission to be revealed to you. But what it was that flashed is never shown. When you arrive where you thought you would take the source, undifferentiated glow surrounds you. If you feel, then it’s an ache. You have to stop again. You have to think. Your current programming may be a fluke. With only your wiring, what can you make? The Seas of Europa by Jon Turner . Epigr

Welcoming the new normal with art by Tom Franco

Welcoming the new normal     late September, 2008 Who left the money for the breeze to squander? Grant turns into pulp in the gutter. The rosemary bush wears Benjamin like a cap. “It’s an ill wind,” say the neighbors, but the sun still lights up our crap, all the doodads we’ve said thanks for now tagged and arranged on our tarps. But no one’s selling wrapped foods or wool blankets, so nobody trades in currency, only rumors. At least we have fresh rosemary to make our spaghetti gourmet. Gift-giving traditions may be impeached this year—but you don’t shop for what I want most. Luckily my favorite gift from you is free. By Tom Franco

Thanatopsis with art by Bob Stang

Thanatopsis Since we don’t know the minute or the hour, when should we begin our soliloquy? It wouldn’t do to speak up too soon or, worse, start late and run out of energy before the coil of our wisdom finds air. Our speech grows solemn with priority as though this were our moment in the play. This statement—and this—take such gravity; but every scene and every act gives way to the next. The waitress comes. We order breakfast. I give my line, a throwaway: “Eggs over medium, sourdough toast.” Most words need no timbrous tenor. Each day we had will have gone by unlike the next. After the service, we’ll saying something twee. Then it will be dinnertime. Time to rest. Time to let the silence express it best.