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Subject: Nearly 20 years ago (don't read this)

(Posted for my own amusement only

Nearly 20 years ago I helped edit a small, doomed literary magazine. It was a blast, but my life at the time was out of control. Yesterday, out of the blue, I was contacted by one of the principals in the projece. He wants to revive the mag on-line. I said...

 

Mauricio,

 

 

That’s quite a proposal, and a worthy goal. I have to be honest, though.  I cannot commit to the project.

If I were any sort of writer at all,

I would concoct an extended metaphor involving a phoenix, a tape recorder, and the ghost of Ignatius Riley.

 Mais hélas, les bon mots n’arrive pas.

Suffice it to say, that

despite all the whizz-bang-pow energy,

screaming drunken profanity at a room full of people who paid a nominal sum for the privilege,

 all the double optimism burgers with a side of naïve angst,

 the cheap whisky straight from the bottle,

and stale cigarettes the morning after,

cockroaches

the arguing fine points of the worthiness of poems late into the night

beer

and the love, man don’t forget the love

it’s hard to hide a train wreck behind an order of baba ganoush

I have to let it go

There have been too many releases of new versions, I don’t know if I am “backwards-compatable” any more.

 

Nailing down shingles on a roof in the rain, watching my co-worker throw up cocaine and beer over the side of the roof I made a deal with myself

Trade-show expense account drunk, sitting on the floor of a non-smoking room in the New Orleans Marriot, blowing the remains of a Camel into the air-conditioning return

I made a deal with myself

(there may have been a crossroads involved).

It took years of contortions to get there, lots of running in the rain, cubicles, doubt, pain, a couple of cars, a trip to Nunavut,  the death of HST, Hurricane Katrina

and I arrived here

I will raise a glass to the departed and the dispossessed.

 I will reflect on the King-Hell bad craziness of the storms, natural and of my/our own making.

I will train like a vengeful monk in a Hong Kong Kung-Fu movie.

 I will run through the streets of Evangeline and shoot big rockets into the night.

 I will frighten upstanding citizens with my rants.

I will wake up in the morning and swim in my orange goggles.

Tomorrow, I will write ordinances about the size of septic drain-fields

I am fighting strip-malls and real estate rapists
I want to see cow-pies in the grass

Contraction and expansion

Vision

I am fighting a losing battle, but on the right side

I sleep well at night
I have a chance to keep the consuming cul-de-sac at bay

For a little longer

This is why.

 



Edited by ride_like_u_stole_it 2007-04-06 10:32 AM


2007-04-06 10:45 AM
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(I read it anyway.)

 

Wow.  I like it.  I really like it.

 

 

2007-04-06 10:49 AM
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Awesome. I love your literary voice.
2007-04-06 10:49 AM
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pause, reread, contemplate, smile
2007-04-06 10:52 AM
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ride_like_u_stole_it - 2007-04-06 11:30 AM

the death of HST,

 

How can you not read a post like this one! There is a current thread going on the quality of recent posts and this one, imho, takes the cake. I was even thinking HST as I was reading it, then I got to the HST comment, awesome!

2007-04-06 2:46 PM
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You said Whizzzzzz.

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Nice. Very nice. I like your command language. Always have!  

 



2007-04-06 2:50 PM
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Had I followed your suggestion, I would have missed something great.
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