Sunday, December 11, 2016

the / train watches / the station depart

Saturday, December 10, 2016

elucidation


Friday, December 09, 2016

a 2005 hay(na)ku on the re-election of GWB, reprised & slightly modified to reflect current events

Even

if you

now regret it



you

voted the

fucker back in



O

United States

of Christian Vigilantes.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Today the
postman brought
me a red Donald
Trump cap. Slightly
different from
the ones you'll
find worn by
the man & his
slavish devotees.

This one addressed
to those outside
the country who
may or may not
remember the Ugly
American of Graham
Greene fame but are
aware of him anyway.
MAKE AMERICA
GRATE AGAIN.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

wednesday newstrip

Australian Federal government changes definition of pasta to include wontons ∙ a man has died after being run over in the driveway of his Toowoomba home by an Uber bringing his wife home from a night out ∙ Australia's one-time darling dairy stocks were dumped by investors on Friday after daily cyber attacks crimped sales of their organic infant formula ∙ conservation group Sea Shepherd has unveiled the latest addition to its anti-whaling arsenal, a pair of mummified legs believed to have belonged to a queen of ancient Egypt ∙ a group of Australian schoolchildren working on a shoestring budget have created science fiction-like weapons such as kamikaze satellites & destructive lasers in readiness for the next generation of warfare in space.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

dated synths & retro ballads

Preachy comments about the
body weight of a two story
concrete building with tudor
style plasterboard walls cause

hip-shaking beats to be repur-
posed with a twist of industrial
here & there. Contextual factors
mean an abrupt increase in the

lateral stiffness. Learning needs
become asymmetrical. The wall-
of-sound harmonies are no longer
winsome in an absence of chic.

Monday, December 05, 2016

metronome


Sunday, December 04, 2016

A line from Loretta Lynn

Acid rain accelerates the
decay of some of my
favorite foods—pizza, ice
cream, even potato salad.

That's why I no longer eat
outside; but I do remember
what it was like, why I
started out to write a song

about the dead leaves, the de-
stroyed landscape that I saw
out there. Prévert's was a
sorrowful song, but also full

of color. My song is shades
of gray, & the only thing that
drifts by the window is coal
dust, heading for the lungs.

Friday, December 02, 2016

une grande folie


Thursday, December 01, 2016

World AIDS Day

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

wednesday newstrip

The Brisbane school where a teenage boy was bullied about his sexuality has evaded police & is now driving erratically on a busy highway north ∙ the forced move of a public service agency from Canberra to northern NSW will rip more than $157 million a year from the management committee of the NSW postal union ∙ Australia should refrain from adopting more protectionist policies after yet-to-be-published surveys found the record coral bleaching damage to the Great Barrier Reef earlier this year was even worse than initially thought ∙ Central America was struck on Thursday by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake after a man allegedly asked a young boy to get in his car ∙ Vivienne Westwood & Malcolm McLaren's son will burn his entire £5million punk collection now that the age of the movie star is over, & intellectual property is all that matters.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

the / antecedents of / donald j. trump


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Vale Fidel

A line from Fidel Castro
Parades choke rural
hamlets. Beemers are
stuck at the roadside.
Carbon partitioning

along the Central Coast's
main commuter routes
causes war, hypocrisy,
& competition. Only

educational materials
about piano playing &
music theory still have a
crunch to them through

a glut of younger buyers
who bring the fervor of
stalks of celery. But who
really wrote Shakespeare?

A line from Fidel Castro 2
Winter is getting me
down. A unit of cult-
ural information has
put the Galactic Senate

under attack, driving
it from crisis to crisis.
That slavery is inexorably
tied to the availability

of oil is the standard
paradigm for most
crises; but now recent
breeding population

trends of farmland
birds need to be fact-
ored in. Please complete
the enquiry form below

& I will provide you
with a list of exclusive
Havana Vacation Homes
available for weekly rent.

Che in Bolivia
I must write & thank Fidel for his parting gift. A book of poetry, that fits comfortably in the pocket of my camouflage fatigues. By a Yanqui yet, who set out every day to write something, even when it was hard to find something to write about. It’s an idea I’ve picked up on, have carried out.

Have kept a diary throughout this campaign, although daily Bolivia is very much the same old same old, unlike the New York I read about each night where there are "so many things in the air!" Here there are only maggots & mosquitoes, & the mutterings of peasants intimidated by our presence. They help us because they are frightened of us, & then send to tell the army because they are more frightened of the soldiers.

The army is in the next valley over. The army is now in the valley behind. We are running out of food, are running out of time. "The only thing to do is simply continue."

I am a man with two hearts. The one that beats still dreams of the revolution. The one that weeps is in my pocket, it is Lunch Poems, by Frank O’Hara.

We will move towards the next valley. That way I at least can choose the manner of my death.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Once / an in- / house session player

Contagion arrives as I am halfway through both a two-year contract as a publicist for an aerospace company & making up a cheese platter.

I am taken by the three piece suit it is wearing, especially the waistcoat which is made out of a contrasting material, possibly washed silk. It swallows up both the overhead lights & those cellphones momentarily lit up as they capture the entrance, just in case it may later turn out to be important.

Nobody else notices the suit, nor what it is mounted on, even though the drape is most becoming to the wearer. It presents a conundrum: beauty is superficial, is skin deep, but the superficial doesn't even penetrate the eye, let alone the skin.

The talk ignores what's around it even though the eyes are elsewhere. Contagion drifts on through. I wait for it to reach out an arm, or plant a kiss on a cheek, or whisper the solution to Fermat's last theorem in an ear, any task that touches someone. To spread. But no-one.

Then it notices me watching it & nods politely. I think I understand what it has intuited. Only this contagion was around when Marvin Gaye was King. Only this contagion realizes what's going on. It takes a contagion to recognize another contagion, even if it is of a different genus. Indifference in this instance. Why override when the space is already overrun.

I turn away. The platter scatters. It no longer matters.

Friday, November 25, 2016

An oxymoron

that says a lot about our times.

sports science

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

wednesday newstrip

Potentially hazardous substance detected on luggage at Cairns Airport’s international terminal has proven to be powdered Belgian waffle mixture ∙ Donald T®ump has appointed Breitbart chief Steve Bannon to oversee the new administration's transition to the alt-right version of powdered Belgian waffle mixture ∙ Denzel Washington’s publicist says news published on Facebook that the actor supports Donald T®ump is powdered Belgian waffle mixture ∙ the Federal Border Force has spent $18,000 on drink bottles, pens, & fridge magnets as part of an "education & awareness raising campaign" for its powdered Belgian waffle mixture ∙ Vladimir Putain's powdered Belgian waffle mixture is preparing a lawsuit against a "major media company" over claims that it is a white nationalist biscuit base.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

lens


Monday, November 21, 2016

Turn to the brushes


: & :

: to : turn : it : in :

& choose

the : size

angular

even

: color :

Sunday, November 20, 2016

behind the bandage hides van gogh's ear


Thursday, November 17, 2016

the slicing


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

wednesday newstrip

A man who went diving for sea cucumbers got more than he bargained for when he swam straight into a missing nuclear bomb ∙ Xiaomi's latest smart product under the Mijia brand is an air mask that protects you from the closest full moon of the century by using a PM 2.5 nano filter ∙ the results of a NASA test into "warp drive" technology have been leaked onto the internet — & apparently show it is possible ∙ Australia's role in the biggest ever search for alien life has officially begun with a glitch in an electronic patient records system throwing medical care into chaos at a number of South Australian hospitals ∙ Trump election win causes Canada Immigration website to crash.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

papadoodle


Sunday, November 13, 2016

footwear #12


Saturday, November 12, 2016

A line from Leonard Cohen

Big trucks drive
under bridges quick
as dogs. For mobile
canteens the new

trend is selling not
food but premium, all
natural, holistic leather
shorts which can

toughen up even a
floral shirt. If that
doesn't make you want
to recycle, nothing will.

R.I.P.

Friday, November 11, 2016

not worth


Thursday, November 10, 2016

for the disUnited States

When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,


And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,


I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The / divorce can't / be far behind

after Donald Trump checks his wife's ballot paper


& sees she's voting for the Greens.

wednesday newstrip

Dr Simon Clulow of Newcastle University has discovered Elon Musk, the well-known inventor & business magnate, in a swamp close to Newcastle ∙ an overwhelming majority of voters are disgusted by Kendall Jenner having so much to drink on her first official boozy night out that she completely forgot she'd been gifted a brand new car worth hundreds of thousands of dollars ∙ the Malaysian military official who defecated outside a Wellington woman's home & was convicted of indecently assaulting her has lost 70kg after fears of being unable to fit into an airplane seat ∙ Jay Z harbors doubts that Kanye can unite the country by flashing his bright orange groin in an effort to ward off predators ∙ a former Ontario fertility doctor is facing allegations he used his own sperm to impregnate both major-party nominees.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Today the
postman brought
me a pickle-
odeon. The films
that came with
it were a bit on
the sour side, but I
much preferred
them to the
sweetness other-
wise on offer.