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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Gangsters in the Cadillac
Jun12

Gangsters in the Cadillac

Big beautiful black 47 Cadillac limo to Chicago i Dreamboat in the fast American night Ball the jack all the whitewall way Zooming steady 110 Car thief 500 Speedometer breaks Coyote Nowhere Nebraska Iowa Angel of Terror Fender cracked . . . bender Rods gone “I can’t stand it any more, I can’t look.” Down on the floor of racing horrors Fears of crash Hid in backseat Chicaga Muddy heap Unrecognizable Broken boat Time to get out — fast...

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Shack on the Beach
May14

Shack on the Beach

Sold the house To escape isolated hell of suburbs i Old sour Manhattan ii Beckons no more Cupcake Manhattan No soul Now what? Interior decorated retirement Florida? iii All I want is a shack on the beach Peace And a sweet juicy peach To be a sort of sea beatnik iv Nay, “I am not a beatnik. I am a Catholic.” v i Johnson, Joyce. The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac. (New York: Penguin Books, 2012). ii Kerouac, Jack....

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Anita Sings in Black Hat and White Feathers
Apr15

Anita Sings in Black Hat and White Feathers

“They went into Anita O’Day’s club and there unpacked and played till nine o’clock in the morning.” i Singer’s singer nightingale Belle’s voice clearly sailed Scat scatting dress flounces Jazzy gal bouncy bounces Uptown rhythm Off the Beat Ahead of the beat Behind the beat Tapping feet Hip club cool heat Down Beat noted Belle totted Gene drummed Roy thumbed Horn taboo Improv cool Newport Jazz breezy money July day sweet as honey,...

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Doctor William S. Sax and Bird of Paradise
Apr09

Doctor William S. Sax and Bird of Paradise

Doctor William S. Sax and Bird of Paradise Faust Part Three Sad Catholic childhood as dark nuns weep in rain i And Saint Thérèse turns her head Vanilla pudding and snow swirls dust Milk Street ii Brown banks of Merrimac muck And child ghosts and fantasy Sax hides in darkness (Round Midnight) The Shadow Under porches Count Condu below evil Castle Castle Hill, Snake Hill Fury river roars white horses of the apocalypse Nightmares and...

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Young Charlie Parker
Apr01

Young Charlie Parker

“All you need is one person in your whole life to really be listening.” i Young Charlie Parker Lester Young, Charlie Parker Chu Berry, berry, young Charlie Parker Charlie Parker from Kansas City The swingiest, stompingest this land’s city Shoot’em up cowboy city Gangster city Nighttime city Charlie original Charlie natural And they once laughed him off the bandstand And that broke his heart But he hoboed out In the last years of the...

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Lobster Tail in Downtown Red Bank
Mar28

Lobster Tail in Downtown Red Bank

Lobster tail in downtown Red Bank A big lovely lobster tail sprinkled with confectioner’s sugar Takes up the white cardboard bakery box tied with red-and-white- bake shop string Nestled in pristine white bakery paper Layers and layers of light flaky leaves shaped as shell Crisp to the tooth One crunchy bite Fresh sweetened rich French cream oozes out Another bite will set you right Next bite lightens up this sad old world Lobster tail...

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History Repeats Itself In Paradise
Feb27

History Repeats Itself In Paradise

There is a place in life for faith but that place is not in the mind Security is whatever you get when you’ve outrun your memories, & redemption only comes when you’ve been damned by what you can’t live down— But the voice of conscience is as hard to hear as it is to kill Love is whatever it takes to outlive your regrets, & when the soul’s as timeless as its absence the heart’s as good as the last place it left For in...

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