There’s a burnt body in front of my office.
Then I’m playing Scrabble with friends.
There’s bomb smoke rising in front of the mall.
Then I’m at a concert. There’s a long line
for gas. Then I’m at a nightclub.
This is how it happens. Precisely
what you’re feeling now.
The numbing litany of bad news.
The ever rising outrages.
People suffering, dying,
and protesting all around you,
while you think about dinner.
I used to judge those herds of gazelle
when the lion eats one of them alive
and everyone keeps going.
I went to work, I went out, I dated.
We’d pop the trunk for a bomb check.
Turn off our lights for the air raids.
I know people who were beaten, arrested,
and went into exile. But that’s not
what my photostream looks like.
The pain doesn’t go away, it just becomes
a furniture of bones, in a thousand homes.
There’s no launch party for decay.
(From I lived through collapse. America is already there)
Dear mother dad sweetheart gang wife
hubby girls boys old kid
How are you? I am fine
happy lonesome sad broke flying
high enjoying the desert
Wish I had you a letter more ambition
someone to love me more sleep
Things are wonderful lovely exciting
I have seen the mountains the desert
lots of pretty girls
lots of handsome men
the desert sunset desert wildflowers
Doing lots of sightseeing loafing
sleeping hiking sun-bathing
swimming golfing celebrating
playing tennis bicycle riding
I rode horseback to Palm Canyon
on the Skyline trail in the moonlight
on the desert on the Araby trail
to Andreas Canyon to Seven Palms
I’m staying at the
I danced at
I dined at
Will be seeing you away a little longer
thinking of you writing you again
hitting the hay stepping out
Yours ‘till the cows come home
with love forever sincerely
(The Lazy Person’s Correspondence Card from Palm Springs)
They take off their clothes
and smear honey all over their naked body.
They roll themselves
back and forth
on a sheet
spread on the ground.
They carefully collect all the grains sticking to their moist body
put them in a mill,
turn the mill
in the opposite direction of the sun
grind the wheat
and bake bread from it.
They serve it to their husbands to eat
who then grow weak
Do penance for forty days on bread and water.
(From The Joy of Confessing: “Women’s Vices” and Burchard’s Decretum of 1003)
I leave this vessel
for the lowest of the low
not only as a testament
to the act of your human transgression
but also as a tomb,
a tomb for you.
So that when you are near death
your smallness can climb in
through the hole you left
where the spout once was
and lay yourself down
in the vacuous space
and die a thieves death alone,
pitiless, without a single soul
to remember you.
You will take your last breath
void of any true feelings
of love or decency for others.
(A note on an antique in a Michigan store)
is making me sexier,
two of my exes
have texted me.
(A lockdown story on Instagram)
Cosmic latte is the average colour
of the universe.
Like Fraunhofer lines
the dark lines displayed
in the study’s spectral ranges
display older and younger stars
and allow Glazebrook and Baldry
to determine the age
of different galaxies
and star systems.
Their survey of the light
from over 200,000 galaxies
averaged to a slightly
Cappuccino Cosmico, Skyvory
Big Bang Buff, Blush, Beige
Primordial Clam Chowder
Cosmic Latte, Cosmic Cream
Astronomer Almond , Univeige
Cosmic Khaki, Astronomer Green
Latteo means Milky in Italian
Galileo’s native language. It also leads
to the similarity to the Italian term
for the Milky Way, Via Lattea.
They also claimed
to be caffeine biased.
(From Cosmic latte on Wikipedia)
but it’s hard
from a single,nameable
clone of 1
person(i wouldn’t eat that
(A Richard Dawkins tweet)
Ten years of being loved up
very loved up
totally fucked off
so fucking loved up
I love you so fucking much
fuck you and the fucking horse
you rode in on.
Well, fuck you, too.
loved the fuck up.
Another ten, then?
Yeah, go on
you sexy mother fucker.
(A friend’s Facebook status celebrating 10 years of a relationship)
The dog on a train station on my bed
and I’m working fine now
and I’m not working on a new phone
and then I’m driving to this room with me
and I don’t know if I’ll get it back
or I get it now
I got a problem
that I’m just going on with my life
(Generated by hitting the suggested text button in iPhone Notes repeatedly)
Place some pastry in the flan-tray
in irregular masses, these
are the Precambrian mountain chains.
One fine day, while iguanodons
are blundering around in Picardy
and swarms of ammonites
are scudding around in the Parisian sea
a second tap is turned on again
and adds another layer,
this time of cream.
The sea re-invades a good part of the Sahara
and deposits the usual sediments —
Cretaceous and Eocene.
Gradually, the country comes to be
like it is today;
sprinkle with granular sugar
(fresh-water Quaternary deposits)
and icing sugar dunes.
Serve hot or chilled.
(From French naturalist Théodore Monod’s Méharées: Explorations au vrai Sahara, 1937)