Fracas is a Bar
Jul27

Fracas is a Bar

Fracas is a bar I live not far Oh, the place is full of history Involving many a cop and car A big melee comes to memory About the night Of the smashing fist fight In the parking lot And not a little but a lot From near and yon two hundred folks Online zine screamed and spoke The place shut down With nary a frown But soon reopened Sharply spoken About hush-hush dollars And boy, folks hollered Things calmed down In the town But now new...

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Red Banks
Jul08

Red Banks

Train whistles blow past Edward Hopper Early Sunday morning red brick buildings Long sad golden windows whisper intrigues Always watching me The sun sets in the West on the brick and windowpanes As I look down upon the Navesink My heart sinks, sank, sunk What am I doing here on these red banks? What am I doing any place? I woke up and didn’t know where I was Fixx across from my window I fix I fixed I have fixed i Fix the Fixx, a wharf...

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Big Bill Bio
Jun22

Big Bill Bio

My brow furrows As I check out big, big book on Burroughs This bio is certainly thorough Old wild American Bill Lee Burroughs Miles and miles Pages and pages It will take ages and ages Bill a mad gray hombre of interest Put life to the testiest test An individual Who jumped through no hoops But walked a strange path of his own In an age of political tyranny Enslavement to government Regulations, restrictions, interference, taxes, and...

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Old Shoe
May05

Old Shoe

“ . . . my old cracked shoes weep . . . ” i “ . . . turning an ankle is a Pavlovian fait accompli” ii Desolation Peak Minus perks In the desert of suburban house Over fifty and it’s over Disposable trash Corporate ash Old shoe Friday at three Judas Sealed with a kiss CEO unreined brat Shallow cad Foul-mouthed rat A kiss and dismissal Crass no class An imp An ape Coward Fat cat Loud crude and dull You killed the swan Capricious caprice...

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Howls of 9/11 Attacks
Sep11

Howls of 9/11 Attacks

Howls of 9/11 attacks Moloch skyscrapers stood looming monstrously large Crowning the shining Battery of Manhattan Two planes crashed south and north towers 500 mph Screeched morning sirens through city streets Ignited jet fuel fireball syringe Apocalyptic overdose Raging inferno, heat intense heat 2500 degrees Fahrenheit Four winged horsemen Terror, waken nightmare, hellish hallucinations Heavy black mushroom squibs Giant ash...

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Episode One
Aug21

Episode One

In this first episode of the Beatdom Podcast, your host, David S. Wills, talks with Charles Cannon about his Burroughs 100 event, discusses the questions of “What is Beat?” listens to poetry by Beatdom contributor, GK Stritch, and speaks with Michael Hendrick, author of the forthcoming novels Egypt Cemetery and Whiskers in the Wind. As this is our first ever foray into the world of podcasting, please forgive our lack of...

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Beets and Beats and Bebop
Jul03

Beets and Beats and Bebop

“I make a crazy Chinese sweet and sour sauce on the hot stove, compounded of turnip greens, sauerkraut, honey, molasses, red wine vinegar, pickled beet juice, sauce concentrate (very dark and bitter)…” Desolation Angels   Big fan of beets Beets roasted in oven Beet tops cooked like spinach Both tossed with extra virgin olive oil and the sea is my brother salt Painted a painting of beets with beet cooking liquid...

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Poetry of Roller Coaster in Ocean
Jun04

Poetry of Roller Coaster in Ocean

Hurricane throws roller coaster in ocean Breakers crash Turbulent foam Roller coaster stands in cold mid-Atlantic Ultimate seaside water ride Water slide High tide, low tide Twisted metal Open sky Roller coaster big twisted spider lace monster Ocean is bigger On deck of big, big ship Octopus black ink night High, high up Winds scowled and howled The ship was big, so big But salt ocean, bigger The sea is my brother Big brother, so big,...

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