Sunday, May 31, 2009

Finally neoCHENEY

Look upon him, ye who would-be
mighty & repair to the District’s suites
where he was once walled, reveered.
Finally neoCHENEY we’ve had enuf of;
haven't we seen B&W TV's McCarthy
exuding filamentary power with lies
rewoven by pretension, unravelling
week by disturbing week? Only his
pre-convinced enjoy his rearguing
unvarnished semi-truths, his wooden
image semi-cybernetic, half-alive
among us, automatically speaking
his message, grimly us rehectoring...

(31 MAY 09, Santa Clara CA)v6

Wednesday, May 27, 2009



After shopping @Target
for a Wordlock ™ lock
for each of my old ‘70s
Shogun 10-speeds, I pick
my Polish nick-name
for my combo. No more
sets of keys for these,
I think, Who’d ever think
of Bswaf as my combo?

( 03 JUN 09, Santa Clara CA)v4

Saturday, May 23, 2009

CHENEY shuffles

CHENEY shuffles his worn,
marked deck of face-cards
of himself, thinking aloud:
My next administration
will be totally trustworthy,
like Scooter, loyal to me
& me alone; first, I’ll issue
a $100 stamp with my face
on it & then a $100,000-bill,
with my face on it, & then
an invisible CHENEY tank.

(23 MAY 09, Santa Clara CA)v4

Friday, May 15, 2009

Other White Meat

As massive as Mussolini,
Rush dresses al Duce,

anOther White Meat,

aggrandizing power
by the pound.

(15 MAY 09, Santa Clara CA)v7

Thursday, May 14, 2009

recalling Atlantis

a true story

Lives later, she recalls
Atlantis executing her,
6 arrows piercing her
at noon against a wall.

(14 MAY 09, Santa Clara CA)v6


"They removed
Pursuit of Happiness
from their currency,
replacing it with
In God We Trust,"
observed our guide
to the ruins of D.C.,
"their Despoiled City,
useful for instruction,"
without elucidation.

(14 MAY 09, Santa Clara CA)v2

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Our Stalin, CHENEY

Our Stalin, CHENEY
preaches loyalty to anyone
loyal to him, proving steel's
stainless despite defeat, if
VPOTUS is engraved on it.

(12 MAY 09, Santa Clara CA)v2

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Why isn’t Obama?

Whenever I explain my life to my European friends, I say: I fought in no war, but against war & lies & deceptions; they nod, instantly realizing: Yes, we’re all anti-American (wondering:) But why isn’t Obama?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Living/dying lit.

(For Carolin Combs)

[Note: Interrupting my reading of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America (2004) by seeing a film made from The Dying Animal* (2001) makes me write this; Anita got it from Netflix.]

Presumably a roman a clef (isn't it always about Roth himself?) a prominent (presumably NYC**-based, English) academic suffers erotic anguish for the 1st-time in his mid-50s when an ex-Cuban grad-student (25) of his in an MFA program has breast cancer & has a breast removed, possibly implying death. He’s slept with a long line of grad-students, but she breaks that bright daisy-chain: his academic & erotic career (wife, divorce; longtime married lover) suffered no shattering drama until this. As a prominent hibrow interpreter of 'great' literature, he becomes a real-life lead-player in a drama even he would admit is major-litty, but nothing can insulate him from really living it; her last words (in the film), spoken in a hospital bed, are (ambiguously) “I’ll remember you.” Is she dying?

*3rd in the series of 'David Kepesh' novels: The Breast (1972), The Professor of Desire (1977), & The Dying Animal (2001.) **The 2008 film was shot in Vancouver BC.

Monday, May 4, 2009


“Cat out of bag.”

John Yoo sweats
casuistical bullets
formulating it:

If a bag collapses
& the cat gets out,
the bag

(he legalizes it:)

suffers de-cattation
& the cat’s deprived
of its bag, the bag, its cat.

(he codifies it:)

No such deprivation may occur.
The cat may retain its bag
without impunity.

(04 MAY 09, Santa Clara CA)v2

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Each day I aw@ken
feeling less bold & anxious
that I've lived past 65.

(03 MAY 09, Santa Clara CA)