Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cautionary Tale

Do not take pill
2 hours before
or 4 hours after...

or is it the opposite?
The bottle reads like

a tweet from The Warn-
ing Sector. Report

suspicious behavior! Prior
to our summer storms

brows and lips purple flor-
escently and all of us look so--

though the old too fuddled
to plant bombs. I'm against
what we do, especially torture.

I blog, a fart in a windstorm. But
temporary relief works well enough.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011


Present Tense

The charity trolls us with return address labels, but
of another couple.

We become them, very briefly. Buy a silly card
and send to a fictitious address.

Will be returned to them.

Are you worrying yet? We’re disguised and pay cash–-
a new bill--wearing the thinnest of gloves, which we
keep on while addressing etc.

Moisten flap with a damp sponge. So, all in all, no DNA,
stamp being self-stick too. Mail in an empty shopping
strip without cameras. Go home to shred the other labels,
flush them down toilet.

I bring the pen to work, wrapped in tissue. Shake it out onto
a desk in another’s cubicle after he leaves for the day.

A little fun! Yes! But shakily complex due to the age.


Friday, July 29, 2011

National Derby

When moderates race
they run in place.

Lefties, all over
the trying layout. For

Righties a frenzy
in straight direction
by richest applause.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011


The Deadline Lurks

in rankest shrubbery.
How practitioners hew
to party lines while mouth-

ing abstractions anew
of the rights of men!--
even of women. Rash

consequences are trumpeted
by talking heads who nonetheless
grow fatigued watching red meat

gray. Nothing sways the politicians.
The public hopes for conscience;
they for cash.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Come Back Little Deceiver

Parliament a bit raw, hey what? Here,
some insult on the internet. Diving

in various dumpsters too. But

can be wrought by messy law this
Supreme Court can't set clear-
ly Right.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Lonely keep TVs on as
they go about the house.

Murmuring from
other rooms
a comfort.

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Monday, July 25, 2011


Understanding Your Righty Neighbor--Q&A

-Is the gun-nuttery an end in itself, or the necessary
background for massacres?

-Both. Throw in God so we can get on to something else.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011



After Monday swam
with rumors, I asked

G to meet me at Starbucks.
He had seen the new VP's

spreadsheet axing two. We
kicked around strategies
but concluded no use.

"He'll pick D to fire us.
She's the most uncouth."


Saturday, July 23, 2011


-That was a hoot, my panties flapping from one ankle.

-Yeah. A hurry.

-Let's face it. We're filth.

-You kidding?



Friday, July 22, 2011


Conversation and Aftermath

-We have ten dollars left. All we have.

-Well we have vodka and lemons. We’ll have a party!
I’ll call Suzanne. She can make classy appetizers
from Ritz Crackers.

And though they had lost jobs, there was laughter and gaiety.

Until 2 AM.



Then, all.

As if an icy wind...


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Double Boom

announces their return
from space. Last due

to republicans &
democrats. Dwarf

visions echo flatly when
bottom-liners party. It’s

Festival of Ardent Glicks
we're arriving at, back
pockets sliced directly.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Mega Rich

Mega Entitled. But, in what seems
departure, testifying before a board.

Though widely prepared by Argus-
like advocates, one still must react

to wild cards infiltrating
those bought or

partially thus. (What hath
God wrought, really?) But

even mildest questions touch
chicanery. If it’s empaneled in
America, the affluent victim can

implore audiences to Remember
the Maine, Plymouth Rock and

the Golden Rule. If UK, to this
last add Magna Carta.

Patriotism has been known before
to keep sore patriots from prison.

So, as the untainted few craft queries
painting one a miscreant, blind fool,
or incompetent, Mea Culpas delivered

with understandable force. It's all, of course,
a common farce. The old courthouse maxim
applies: You get the justice you can afford.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011


The Meeting Went On

without him. Several
excellent opinions
were offered then

forgotten. An old resonator
emitted nonsense. Since
the firm was being sued

for discrimination against o-
bese females, fat jokes ensued.
Finally a hysterical woman piped

“Our leader lies dead on
a Bangkok street!” She often

said it at coffee, but
this time proved right.
We broke for lunch.

Would resume for discussing
funeral arrangements.

Rancorous cliques existed
on that subject.

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Monday, July 18, 2011


A Certain Party at Golf

-You’re in the bunker, the deepest one, and the only way out
is to hit backwards.

-That’s always the best way.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011


Problem becomes math
untethered, a poetry

infatuates can't release
from purity.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011


curbed with meds,
I nonetheless

think much, worry.
Determine to cheer
a team, and trap

the natural
with a camera.

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Friday, July 15, 2011


They want me to ask
Congress to probe

Rupert Murdoch. Must
think about that, motives.

Mine especially. Besides,
long tradition of sleazy-

y news. As liberal,
I'm for elbow room

in expression for re-
pulsive Fox too, &
even regal NYT with its

ongoing grad seminar knows
to keep the tits above the fold.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011



To Purest Conservatives,
abhorring government

and stealing from it
are moral imperatives.

The purest liberals, though,
block any grease at the wheel.

So we lumber in-
to being held up.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Step in
to stop

child from

Family sues,


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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Saving Ryan's Wine

Much fuss over
$700 wine shared
with two other snif-

fing Ayn Randians. But
Grandma on her shove
under the bus remains

whimsically free to sip
2004 Echezeaux Grand Cru
if she so wishes.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Warren Buffet’s Secretary, Receptionist or Whatever

Anyway, his pointing out she
pays more of her income

in taxes than he.
Democrats drive

this narrative. Republicans
go out of joint, despising

boring old movies inciting
Class Warfare!

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Sunday, July 10, 2011


Modern Style

No showbiz personality
so repulsive, won't ac-
quire a following. Add

new social media &
disgust factor zooms.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Hester’s A

be flesh-branded today
& twittered endlessly.

Though a few refuse
to cast first stones,
others put on offer

flashy souls indeed.
Satan takes priority
over these.

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Friday, July 08, 2011


Peasants on the Grass, Alas

Pitchforks waving against Republicans’
posher clients scratching up no income tax.

Mustn’t hurt these wily ones,
of course, so they trombone:

Reform the Whole Tax Code! What
about majestic widths of stance
cannot you fuckbrains understand?

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Thursday, July 07, 2011


-You're finished with your tramps then?

-More like they finished me.

-Now you show up here!

-Not a one could find that spot on my neck you massage.

-Never mind that! There are spots and there are spots.

-Don't we know it!

-Stop this stuff! Not a prayer for you here. Not anymore!

-My crap is in the car.

-Well, leave it there.

-Been sleeping in it.

-Where's that old violin Grandpa played? God rest his soul.
Well, go back and play a solo for your whores.

-You talk like a hard woman, but I know better.

-The last time was the last time. I...

-Don’t cry. That hurts more than anything.

-Let me relieve the pain. And don’t let the door
hit you in the ass!

-Don't think I got much of a one left.

-I know. Nobody can cook out there either. Just fuck!

-Not that either. I just...went crazy.

-Uh huh. Well...

-My junk is in the car.

-That's where I came in.

-When I came in, was the prettiest girl...

-And look at me now!

-Can't stop.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011


Story Conference

-Trial's over and she walks! Thus does the shouting and
the tumult die as media folds its sleazy tents.

-Not on my watch!

-Oh? Keep it going?

-Why lose ratings?

-But, suspense factor gone.

-Hey, our addicts don't live reality-based.

-I suppose you mean you get actors...?

-Already cast.

-The flattish Prosecutor?

-Totally evil rightwing sonabitch!

-Too much melodrama even for TV!

-But we surround him with decency for his team.
One pretty flutterer has a cop boyfriend really stacked.
He comes into the courtroom, the very air fucks.

-And straight arrows on Defense?

-Looking better: suit sponsor. We added one uncontrolled squirt. Dirty, unshaven look the ladies love, though they
might take a Brillo pad to him before they screw.

-It's all a filthy business!

-Yeah it is! Even better than life!

-How long?


-People die.

-What’s easier to replace than an actor?

-I get disgusted with us sometimes.


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Tuesday, July 05, 2011



The factions, dismissing
murderous intent for now,

hammer down a deal, re-
sembling for a wry moment
superannuated clowns

at a benign convention. O
where are the sneers
of yesteryear?

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Monday, July 04, 2011



is a good. Many
have sacrificed, and
to them all praise!

Understood, too, loud-
mouth charlatans remain
vile, cheap threads i

a dear fabric. Speak-
ing against them
is patriotic.

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Sunday, July 03, 2011

Portraits of the Author as AM*

1-To the barricades in army jacket, many-pocketed, and
against no urban ruin of black, flattened Newark,
rather backyard garage, plastic barrels

2-Irish Buddha in tweeds n’ pipe.
(Sure n’ enough said on THAT paucity.)

3-Oh Summery porch! Oversized t-shirt
picturing endangered species, creeping
shorts. wrinkly-

winkly asexual nebish, ultra
politically correct.

4-Shiny lumberjack--has worked with hands,
clearing underbrush ‘round

hot tub, visible scratch on one. Soft-focus

5-Wall Street Clone (the times they were a
changin’) no bone to pick or
in his pants. Harmonious buildings,

6-Baseball jacket and cap, yet tie, a
blasted urban visionary loosened plus Joe Fan.

7-(Inject latest example here.)

*AM=asshole of the moment


Saturday, July 02, 2011



This one's due
to run out soon-
er than later.

Trick's to find
the forever model,
grace perpetual.

Some feel they have,
that it's their due, but I'm

thinking secular: thus and
so, no angels need apply.

Their wings be scrunched up
anyway, by all the infinite folds.

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Friday, July 01, 2011


Mapping the Humanities

Easier with the web but
in my scholar days, I'd
grab a pile of books

from library stacks. Then
the fun of blending
to assist my own design.

"But how could you write
on this matter without
quoting Swirtzky?"

How indeed! What I have to add
to knowledge is primarily me.

If I’m the hack, so be it. Fatigued
Germanic method stifles all,

though its deadening
thoroughness impresses

a few professors
as the game to go.

In truth, I a bit halfass,
they, wood. Turned
out well enough.

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