Sunday, February 26, 2017

at home with Miley Cyrus

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Leaving the Motorway

She asks one last question.
They walk up the stairs.

He finally stops near a
construction shed. Call me

if you need help. She had
not been ill, that much was

clear. Nor had she acted poli-
tically although a complaint

against her had once been
made. It was in the archives.

Friday, February 24, 2017


Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Glass of Champagne

Tell the truth. The com-
petition of long ago still

haunts. Her hair shimmers.
Problems of the past should

be a thing of the past. Are
you on board with that?

Provided I lie about it she
shot back. A violin trembles,

the telephone rings. They
walk out to buy noodles.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

wednesday newstrip

Scientists 'two years away' from creating woolly mammoth hybrid · narcissistic personality disorder: DoNuts T®ump shows signs of mental malady & may be 'incapable of safe presidency' say some mental health experts · the arrest of Samsung boss on Friday highlighted once again the outsize influence of the largest family-run companies · Pram Minister Malcontent Turnipball has said he will consider any US military request for more help in fighting the so-called Islamic State group · an Indonesian woman detained in Malaysia over the apparent assassination of the half-brother of North Korea's leader may have thought she was part of a reality television show · the disUnited States will tap its full arsenal of nuclear & conventional defense weapons to defend its allies said the Secretary of State · my day at the designer vagina showcase.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

the epitome of the German punk community

The Wall Street Journal ob-
serves, subject to rational

analysis, that a giant radio-
active sea creature threatens

the merger between the Yoox
& Net-a-Porter shopping apps.

Monday, February 20, 2017

the geometry of landscape

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A line from Ruby Rose

We've handpicked the best bits,
in colors that feel comfortable
in second-hand shops & so
won't affect the shopping ex-

perience. Even a sectarian
militant organization like ours
can be an ethical & sustainable
company, & we've always had

really good style. Remember,
when buying transitional pieces,
to think elastic waistbands. They
have a calming effect when used.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

wednesday newstrip

An Indian woman has endured a horrifying 12 hours after DoNut T®ump crawled up her nose & into her skull · the Treasurer of Australia, Scat Maricón, brought a lump of coal to Parliament question time. When asked why, he claimed it was less addictive than coke · a man who mistook the Melbourne police Air Wing helicopter for DoNut T®ump has been arrested after allegedly shining a laser into the aircraft · over the past three years, Australia has fallen from 30th position to 57th place in the world for average peak internet speeds, beaten by countries including New Zealand, Thailand, & Indonesia, & several distant planets · the Precedent has nuked the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen for treating his daughter Ivanka 'unfairly' by dropping her fashion line because it was no longer selling · NASA has come up with a new model for figuring out whether DoNut T®ump could be considered habitable.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

an age of icicles

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Saturday, February 11, 2017

hot programs in design

Spandex should be air-dried since

it takes months—sometimes years—to

lose moisture when a rotating-wire-

type laser beam analyzer is used.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

chaos theory

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

wednesday newstrip

DoNut T®ump's energetic performance berating Australian Pram Minister Malcontent Turnipball caused his boob to fall out – not that it stopped him from putting on an amazing show · the Precedent told a prayer breakfast that, to promote hair growth, he takes a prostate drug found on an ancient & lost continent lurking beneath the island of Mauritius · US Defense Secretary Stained Mattress has started his first trip abroad by reassuring Arnold Schwarzenegger that his position at the helm of The Apprentice is still safe & that he still has the United States' continued support · NASA astronaut Scott Kelly returns from space younger than he left · radio shock jock Howard Stern has opined that the impact of being commander-in-chief would be detrimental to the Precedent's mental health, if he had any.

Monday, February 06, 2017


Friday, February 03, 2017

the king transfixed in transit

Thursday, February 02, 2017

with apologies to Enid Blyton


& Big Ears

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

The latest issue of Otoliths is live.

Issue forty-four of Otoliths has hit the hustings.

I had hoped to get the Mormon Tabernacle Choir &/or The Radio City Rockettes to announce this issue, but they were otherwise occupied, recovering from the realization that they had just provided the accompaniment to the beginning of an era that threatens to turn its back on the Gettysburg address & replace it with the rhetoric of the Nuremberg Rallies of the 1920s & 1930s.

So, as counter to a possible future that strikes me as best described by Dante's Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'entrate, I simply offer a wonderful selection of work from around the world. Included in this issue are Eileen R. Tabios, Sheila E. Murphy, Steve Dalachinsky, Andrew Topel, Brandon Nakasato, Cecelia Chapman, David Lohrey, C. R. E. Wells, Norman M. Gendelman, Texas Fontanella, Philip Byron Oakes, Caitlin Rose Doyle, Keith Walker, John Xero, David Dick, Kyle Hemmings, Mary Claire Garcia, Jesse Glass, Arpine Konyalian Grenier, Philip Elliott, Sanjeev Sethi, sean burn, Kirk Robinson & Garin Cycholl & William Allegrezza, Bill Wolak, Pete Spence, Jim Leftwich, John M. Bennett, Thomas M. Cassidy, osvaldo cibils, Kelly J. Powell, harry k stammer, Raymond Farr, John Amen, Lucianna Chixaro Ramos, a.j. carruthers, Olivier Schopfer, Joel Chace, Carol Stetser, Les Wicks, Volodymyr Bilyk, Lana Bella, Diana Magallón, Clara B. Jones, Laurent Grison & Yvon Guillou, Meeah Williams, Michael Berton, Michael Farrell, Anatoly Kudryavitsky, Charles Borkhuis & John McCluskey, Lakey Comess, John Martone, Evan Gray, Willie Smith, Allen Forrest, M. Leland Oroquieta, hiromi suzuki, Jack Galmitz, Mason Keys, Joe Balaz, Luisa-Evelina Stifii, Howie Good, Matina L. Stamatakis, George Moore, Drew B. David, Adam Levon Brown, Márton Koppány, Michael Caylo-Baradi, Carlyle Baker, J. Crouse, Richard Kostelanetz, Heath Brougher, Anwer Ghani, J. Ray Paradiso, AG Davis, Joanna Thomas, Kasy Long, Heller Levenson, Tom Snarsky, Dawn Nelson Wardrope, cathy aragon, Jeff Harrison, Marco Giovenale, John W. Sexton, Eugenia Hepworth Petty, bruno neiva, Stu Hatton, Ian Gibbins, dan raphael, Alberto Vitacchio, Douglas Penick, Nika & Jim McKinniss, Alan Summers, Jeff Bagato, Mariapia Fanna Roncoroni, Michael O'Brien, M.J. Iuppa, Carla Bertola, Andrew Galan, Katrinka Moore, Thom Sullivan, Joseph Veronneau, Marcia Arrieta, Sean Negus, Shloka Shankar, Seth Howard, Paul T. Lambert, John Pursch, Ella Skilbeck-Porter, Linda M. Walker, Tony Beyer, Edward Kulemin, PT Davidson, Michael Brandonisio, Adam Fieled, Johannes S. H. Bjerg, Angad Arora, Bob Heman, Carol Ciavonne, Sheila Windsor & Brendan Slater, Stephen J. Williams, Marilyn Stablein, Felino A. Soriano, Louie Crew Clay, Peter Bakowski, David Heg & Nicolette Wong, Francesca Jurate Sasnaitis, J.D.Nelson, & Marilyn R. Rosenberg & Ann R. Shapiro.

I would also like to take this opportunity to point to Thomas Fink's new interview site, Dichtung Yammer, where I am interviewed by Tim Wright about the Otoliths journey.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

tuesday newstrip

Donuthing sensible T®umpette threatens Mexico with 20% import tariff to pay for southern border wall · France's wild hamsters being turned into 'crazed cannibals' by diet of corn · Precedent Donut T®amp will keep his pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, former New York City Mère Rude Dolt Giuliani said · symbolic 'Doomsday Clock' moves 30 seconds closer to midnight with Donuts sT®umpet & his Russian lover Vladimir Putain carrying a large share of the blame for the heightened threat · IUD insertions have been rising since Donut (what's a trimester?) T®ump won the presidential election last November, according to a new report · African migrant drowns in Venice Grand Canal as onlookers film him, laugh, & make racist comments.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Finally / she escaped / from the volcano.

Saturday, January 28, 2017


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

an imitation of Salvador Dali

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The candles shimmer

We all need some reinforcement.

Titles confer power of position.

The thunder sinks into a growl.

The results don't correlate.

Monday, January 23, 2017

hannah de montaigne

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The e-mail as progenitor of an urban myth

Some years back, I began a post "[this] arrived in my email after a couple of kangaroo hops, & being a word lover I couldn't resist........

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition."

For some reason or other, I thought about the subject of the post again today, did the obligatory Google search, recovered lots of search results, spread across several years up to & including two days ago, many of which begin "the latest version of the WaPo's Mensa Invitational...."

But they're all the same set. It's the same e-mail, circling the world like some marine creature, coming up to breathe every so often, & cited when it's sighted. & the list has no connection with either Mensa or the Washington Post.

According to the Washington Post, "It still hasn't stopped: With mystifying regularity, we continue to receive (often passed through several mailboxes at The Post) unsolicited entries to what's sometimes called the "Mensa Invitational."

The reason for the e-mail's popularity—& perceived veracity—is that it's a genuinely funny list. Which is why I'm posting it again.

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund which lasts until you realize that it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

11. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

12. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

13. Decafalon (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

15. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

16. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

17. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

18. Caterpallor (n.): the colour you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Rod Serling returns in our hour of need

all / prettied up / for inauguration day

Thursday, January 19, 2017

at home with Lucille Ball