Friday, July 31, 2020

Click bait for locals

This targeted ad by Google confirms you're living somewhere outside civilization.

I grew up in New Zealand with the colloquialism "wop wops" for the back of beyond. That's apparently a variant of the Australian "woop woop," a name given to some imagined but ironically unimaginable outback town.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Edna & Edward Estlin

What lips my
lips have kissed, &
where, & why, I
have forgotten, &
what arms have lain
under my head
till morning; but the
rain is full of
ghosts tonight, that
tap & sigh upon
the glass & listen
for reply; & in my
heart there stirs a
quiet pain for un-
remembered lads
that not again will
turn to me at mid-
night with a cry.

Thus in the winter
stands a lonely tree,
nor knows what
birds have vanished
one by one, yet
know its boughs
more silent than
before: I cannot
say what loves have
come & gone; I only
know that summer
sang in me a little
while, that in me
sings no more.

is no parenthesis
& death i think

for life's not a
back in my arms
laugh, leaning
each other: then
we are for

which says
eyelids' flutter
is less than your
ure of my brain
cry—the best gest-
all flowers. Don't
lady i swear by
than wisdom
are a better fate
approves, & kisses
my blood

Spring is in the
to be a fool while
kiss you; wholly
will never wholly
syntax of things
any attention to the
first who pays
since feeling is

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Waifu Uncovered mixes bullet-hell with boobies, & even comes with a "one finger" mode · rock band Linkin Park gets Twitter to take down yet another of DoNuts SoNuts T.®ump’s tweets · scientists accidentally bred a bizarre hybrid of two endangered fish · baby TikTok witches are apparently trying to hex the Moon · Kantye BeGone West broke down in tears during a rambling presidential campaign rally in South Carolina · AMD announces the Ryzen 4000G series Renoir APUs for pre-built OEM desktops; claims a slam dunk when compared with Intel 9th gen Coffee Lake · Geelong’s scientists tested Oxford University vaccine on ferrets · "I just wish her well," says DoNuts SloNuts NoNuts T.®ump of Ghislaine Maxwell, who was arrested earlier this month & charged with facilitating Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sexual exploitation & abuse of minor girls.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Squirrel in Colorado tests positive for the bubonic plague · US executes convicted murderer Daniel Lewis Lee, the first federal execution in almost two decades · Andean condor soared for 161 km without flapping its wings · Ghost of Tsushima review: "a worthy swan song for the PS4" · DoNuts SoNuts T®ump spent Tuesday afternoon rambling at length about a series of unrelated topics after convening an event in the Rose Garden meant to announce new actions on China · scientists suggest the moon is millions of years younger than we thought · dancing with elephants: regionalism is the new globalism for New Zealand · will we all get COVID-19 eventually?

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Today the
postman brought
me a red face
mask with a
White House decal
over the mouth
area. Inside was a
label: hand-made
by Ivanka Trump
from one of Our
Beloved Leader's
. Delicately em-
broidered around the
bottom border: Pro-
duct of Bangladesh

Sunday, July 19, 2020

recently at Series Magritte

The Famine

We turn into clowns &
start by fighting over who
has the right to eat Ensor's
Skeletons fighting over a
smoked herring
. Eventually
that's gone, torn into little
pieces; but the intake doesn't
stay the hunger so we turn

upon each other. Now I'm
the last one left, & what is
left of me, I realize, is all the
food remaining. Where should
I start? I take off what's left of
my clown clothes. Naked-
ness is the proper dress for
facing existential questions.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

wednesday newstrip

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti & RTX 3070 specs detailed – Ampere GA104 GPUs for the $400-$500 gaming segment, 8 GB memory & up to 3072 cores · scientists discover extremely tiny dinosaur ancestor in Madagascar · Madonna, 61, goes TOPLESS while leaning on a crutch as she bares all in VERY racy mirror selfie nearly four months after knee injury · DoNuts SoNuts T.®ump Jr's girlfriend tested positive for COVID-19 · the most powerful gamma ray burst just corroborated general relativity once again · Russia's Progress MS-13 cargo spaceship that undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) got out of orbit & collapsed in the atmosphere, Russia's space agency Roscosmos said · Brazilian President Pairof Ballsinabarrow tested positive for COVID-19 as he rolled back mask-wearing measures.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Monstrous black gap located devouring about 1 solar each & every working day · did you celebrate the 4th of July with video gaming’s finest fireworks? · " We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman. We are the people who dreamed a spectacular dream — it was called: Las Vegas, in the Nevada desert" claims the p(r)issygent · US governors retract virus reopening plans · a 'viral' new bird song in Canada is causing sparrows to change their tune · Erawondoo Hill in Western Australia is added to the National Heritage List to protect its zircon crystals, the oldest minerals on Earth · as US coronavirus cases soar, DoNuts SoNuts T.®ump says economy is 'roaring back.'

Sunday, July 05, 2020

Recently, from Luna Bisonte Prods

Mark Young
Luna Bisonte Prods.
ISBN: 9781938521638
100 pages
Can be bought from Lulu here

This masterful poetry extinguishes those artificial lines that distinguish a moment from a century. It is all here and available to us, Mark Young shows. “A late/afternoon/point of co-/incidence // this bench/in the/Botanical Gardens/shared/with Desnos/& Diogenes” reminds us nature crafts consciousness right back at us. “Black cockatoos . . .small white flowers.” This against the beautiful political purity of stating the truth in “damp trumpets.”
Where are the
shouted out. You
promised you'd
drain the swamp
so I'd be able
to see the submarines
that were lying
on the bottom.
Things come together from a distance above, revealing equally how far they are apart. Mark Young’s keen eye disturbs predictability. He knows from many angles refutation and commingling. Pachelbel’s Canon and mismatched feelings between a man and a woman.
—Sheila E. Murphy

Friday, July 03, 2020

Recently, on Series Magritte

Green Night

The crossbones have melted
in the moonlight, now look
like sad dumbbells, as does

the crew of the ship beneath
the flagging standard. It's all
very jolly being rogered, but

more than a bit embarrassing
when you're in port, & some-
one has left the curtains open.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

wednesday newstrip

Giant wombat-like marsupials roamed Australia 25 million years ago · Kanye West’s new Yeezy Foam Runners ridiculed · 2020 Audi RS6 Avant drag races Porsche 911 Turbo S, quattro gets annihilated · The Princess Bride gets gender-swapped lockdown remake with Taika Waititi · scientists just beginning to understand the many health problems caused by COVID-19 · Dr Disrespect banned from Twitch · new maps reveal the lost continent of Zealandia in amazing detail · police forces across Britain are cracking down on lockdown parties & illegal raves · physicists observe flare with the light of a trillion suns as black holes merge in distant galaxy.