Wednesday, October 18, 2017

oh yeah - and the russians are back

Hittin' my blog right and left, obviously wallowing in my decadent Bohemian capitalism.  Good for them.  Here's a little somethin' somethin' for ya.......

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


I can't even begin to express how little a person it takes to start leveling threats at an 81 year-old man with terminal brain cancer.  What. A. Fucking. Loser.

It wont be pretty: Trump promises to fight back against McCain

                   The Washington Post
Elise Viebeck

 Trump promised retribution against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for his opposition to several GOP health-care plans and his comments implicitly criticizing Trump’s views and leadership Monday night.

“People have to be careful because at some point, I fight back,” Trump said in an interview Tuesday with WMAL, a D.C. radio station.

“I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point, I fight back, and it won’t be pretty,” Trump said.

Trump’s comments came as the White House girded for a preliminary vote on its budget resolution. Whether McCain would vote yes was unclear at the time of Trump’s interview.

“We need some votes from some of the Republicans. For some reason, they weren’t there on health care. They should have been. We thought we had it. John McCain voted no, which was a shocker,” Trump said.

McCain offered a thinly veiled critique of Trump’s presidency Monday night in Philadelphia, where he received the Liberty Medal from the nonpartisan National Constitution Center.

“To refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of Earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past,” McCain said in his remarks.

 “We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. . . . We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t,” he said.

In response to Trump’s latest comments, he told reporters on Capitol Hill: “I have faced many tough adversaries in my life.”

Saturday, October 14, 2017


My understanding is that the e-store for CreateSpace (the platform Flutter Press uses) will be closing at the end of this month. Starting in November, Flutter Press books will be sold through Amazon, at a slightly higher price, so get 'em now....




This one's going to be about an hour way sometime in November.  I'll be there.

Loving Vincent is a 2017 biographical animated drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh. It is the first fully painted animated film. It is written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, and is being produced by Hugh Welchman and Sean Bobbitt of BreakThru Films and Ivan Mactaggart of Trademark Films. The development was funded by the Polish Film Institute, and re-training of professional oil painters to become painting-animators on the film was partially funded through a Kickstarter campaign.[9] The film is being sold by Cinema Management Group and financiers include RBF Productions, Silver Reel, Doha Film Institute, Polish Film Institute, Sevenex Capital Partners and City of Wrocław, European Capital of Culture in 2016.

Each of the film's 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 115 painters.

- Wikipedia

Friday, October 13, 2017

the number, diminished

and right here, right now, you are
losing all of these moments
of your life

think about jackie o, her lap
filled with blood,
sunlight everywhere

think about the women you’ve
loved and the ones who have
loved you, and then look for
points of intersection

listen to the sounds the house makes
after you’ve turned off all the lights

let the ghosts
offer you sugar and milk

watch it spill from
their cupped hands

you will spend your entire life being
stained by the filth of strangers

Thursday, October 12, 2017




 It drives my oldest kid crazy that I don’t keep a constant list of my top ten favorites of everything in my head (or my ALL TIME FAVORITES, for that matter), but the Church are one of my favorite bands -  a lengthy career with a lot of high-quality, varied releases and an excellent lyricist (and twin guitar attack).

 So…………  the new album is kind of disappointing, which bums me out.  Maybe it’s a grower, we’ll see.  The last one (FURTHER/DEEPER) was consistently great and gripping right from the first listen, so maybe that’s part of the problem -  this new one just seems to be float by for most of its length.  Nothing really sticks, and the guitars never really seem to take off.  Additionally, Kilbey’s lyrics are starting to get a little shaky.  He’s got the Sonic Youth problem.  Their hipster boho lyrics worked on earlier stuff like EVOL and DAYDREAM NATION, but really started sounding silly as the band passed their mid-30s.  Well, that and the fact that DAYDREAM NATION was a career musical peak, and then they just ran around in circles for 20 more years while dippy old critics like Christgau raved about their awesomeness.  But he’s always been a bit of a pretentious dipshit. 

 Anyhoo, Kilbey’s lyrics seem to be encountering this age-centric problem, too.   Some of the shit on this new release sounds like either a sad failed attempt to be “cool” and “now”, or else it sounds just plain silly (“For King Knife”, I’m looking at you).

 So, we’ll see.  Like I said, maybe this one will grow on me.  I’ve been saying the same thing about FORGET YOURSELF and UNINVITED, LIKE THE CLOUDS for years now, too, but those had a different configuration – 1/3 greatness, 1/3 decent tunes, 1/3 generic fuller.  After my first 3 or 4 listens, I still haven’t picked out any real high points on this new one.  No real low points, either (beyond some of the lyrics), but I was kind of hoping for more.  Oh well.  I’ll always have GOLD AFTERNOON FIX, I suppose……

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

excerpt from "sentimental effigies"


overeducated son of
another dead alcoholic, he
fucks the hangman’s wife on the shore of
some polluted upstate lake, he lets
the crows have the baby’s eyes and there is no
end to our days of candy apple joy

we are living on
spider webs and angel dust

let your god be the one to
teach you failure by example


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Saturday, October 07, 2017


This is the work I've posted at Issuu, because giving art away seems to be easier than trying to sell it.  Personally, I like holding books as opposed to reading them on a computer screen.  To that end, a few of the collections found at Issuu (and an added assortment of previously unpublished work) can be found in THE BOOK OF POISONED TRUTHS, which is priced to move in time for Columbus Day.  Or whatever it is we're calling the second Monday in October these days.

Thursday, October 05, 2017



good fortune

we are gods speaking in
ever-expanding circles of sorrow

we are saints on fire
in a sleeping village

no hesitation before the trigger is pulled,
no regret,
no thought of fucking up the future

knowledge is not a given,
power not a solution,
but would you give it up if you were asked?

would you sell your lover if
the price was high enough?

takes a lot of effort not to be a whore
                                               a pimp
           a mouthful of poisoned blood

takes a false prophet to see how many
corpses will be necessary for
a future without enemies

build your kingdom from
the bones of butchered children and
understand that the fall of
empire has already been set in motion

understand that the dead will all
eventually be forgotten

that you will be there
soon enough

Monday, October 02, 2017


these fucking rooms they eat me alive
these fucking windows
these light bulbs that burn themselves out these
poets puking up broken glass making sounds
like candles guttering like holes being dug
by the starving and the raped and when
i paint this picture the only color i can find is black
and the only color i can find is cerulean blue
and these fucking empty spaces they eat me alive
these fucking open mouths that can never be
filled and so what does it make me if
i let them starve?

why does it matter if i laugh?