Monday, July 31, 2006

8-word poem

The Stones
Said a mouthful:
"You Gotta Move."

Sunday, July 30, 2006

8-word poem

How to stop

Or Tigers

8-word poem

Buddhists applaud:
Carried on
The river
Of dreams.

Friday, July 28, 2006

8-word poem

I need
The willingness
To carry
The message.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

8-word poem

When the going
Gets going,
Get ye gone.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006


The magnolia tree
The property line.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

8-word poem

Uh oh:
Caught without
A long sleeve

8-word poem

Subway lighting:
Even the smallest
Scars emerge.

Monday, July 24, 2006

8-word poem

Stage direction:

(Rock on
With your
Bad self.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

8-word poem

Lady in the Water
Move over,
Ed Wood.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Boulder, Colorado: Home of Celestial Seasonings

Celestial Seasonings takes their tea seriously. Hence the hair - and beard! - net during a tour of their facilities, which was really fun and informative.

Did you know that most Celestial Seasonings products aren't actually teas? An herbal tea must have tea in it to be considered a proper tea. Most of the items in the Celestial Seasonings pantheon are actually composed of herbs and roots, and are known as tisanes.

As per "ti·sane (t-zn, -zän) n. An herbal infusion or similar preparation drunk as a beverage or for its mildly medicinal effect."

Who knew?!

Note how enjoying the healthful mojo of the Celestial Seasonings gift shop turns a serious expression into one of utter glee!

(Photo by MsAPhillips)

Friday, July 21, 2006

iTuneage - recent baker's dozen

1. "Nights on Broadway" - The Bee Gees
2. "Half a Loaf" - Mick Jagger
3. "Cradle of Love" - Billy Idol
4. "White Lady White Powder" - Elton John
5. "Louder Than Love" - TKA
6. "Something For the Girl With Everything" - Sparks
7. "Kisses on the Wind" - Neneh Cherry
8. "Hocus Pocus" - Focus
9. "I Wish You Could Have Seen Her Dance" - T-Bone Burnett
10. "We Almost Got it Together" - Tanita Tikaram
11. "Say Goodbye to Hollywood" - Billy Joel
12. "I'll Cry Tomorrow" - Nils Lofgren
13. "Slip Inside This House" - Primal Scream

Thursday, July 20, 2006


What's this place
Distinct lack
Of stationery.

* * *

Charles Bukowski
Wiped his ass
With this room.

* * *

Instead of
A Bible,
A note:
"Fuck you."

* * *

I hope
I don't
Drop dead

* * *

They didn't
Film Cops
But they

* * *

Shirtless, handcuffed,
Face down:
Like a baby.

* * *

For $40, we rented a "room" at the Sun Valley Motel in Cañon City, Colorado. Pictures may follow eventually, though they don't do justice to the establishment. In lieu of them I humbly offer the above poems.

Friends are for lists!

Courtesy of Eek!

For Steve:

1. I’ll respond with something random about you.
In eight words or less? Steve knows a lot about the short-form poem, especially the haiku.

2. I’ll challenge you to try something.
I challenge you to write a long poem! At least one page.

3. I’ll pick a color that I associate with you.
Black - coffee, leather jacket, humor, the color paint you go for when you see a red door…

4. I’ll tell you something I like about you.
I really like your It Will Be a Train collection, but especially the title. I don’t know why, but the certainty of it is comforting. Also, I find myself thinking it when waiting on a subway/metro platform. Quite soothing.

5. I’ll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
Actually, my first memory of you is in absentia - Alisha read some of your poems at InKY’s open mic, and I cracked up over the teapot serial killer piece.

6. I’ll tell you what animal you remind me of.
If you were to voice a Pixar animated character, it would probably be a cynical, wisecracking armadillo. Mostly ’cause I don’t think we’ve had an armadillo yet. You could work it.

7. I’ll ask you something I’ve always wanted to ask you.
There are a great many things I have yet to ask you. I suppose if I pick only one, hm. How about “Jonathan Safran Foer - dude or dud?”

8. If I do this for you, you must post this on yours.
Go forth!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

8-word poem

There's nothing
To worry
End of

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

8-word poem

There there—
There is no
Is there, no.

Monday, July 17, 2006

8-word poem

Telling the story
Eight words
At a time.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Got Oxygen?

Is the question one of the snappier tourist t-shirts here asks. So far, no ill effects from being exactly one mile (5,280 feet!) above sea level.

I'm drinking tons of liquids, however, to counteract the insidiously sneaky hot-but-not-humid weather. At least when experiencing a downtown Saigon sweat-fest one is aware of impending dehydration; not so in Denver.

Traveled out here on Jet Blue, my first excursion on one of their planes. They really have taken the pain out of air travel. The boarding pass experience was a revelation, with free-standing 2001: A Space Odyssey-inspired kiosks replacing irritable humans. And no wailing infants or misbehaving tykes kicking the back of my seat for the entire flight, either.

On in-flight television I watched a rerun of ESPN's coverage of Nathan's July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest from Coney Island. Which made me misty-eyed for New York as I sped away from it, but also had me thinking about Steakbellie, blogdom's own competitive eater.

I chewed my Jet Blue cashews very thoroughly in response.

8-word poem: THE DENVER STORY

Why is it
Everything here
Smells like shit?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Denver, Colorado

Landed at Denver International Airport at about 4:45 p.m. (central), my first time ever in this state. While I'm completely amazed at the wide open spaces, there is a curious Anytown, USA feel to the strip malls and residential developments.

Already spotted about a dozen cowboys.

Planning on a bit of sightseeing here in the capital for the next couple of days (the art museum has a Warhol!), then off to Cañon City to see The Royal Gorge.

8-word poem

My cynical intentions—
Where have they
Gotten me?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006


It's finally over!
Goooaaalll!, you say?
Howzabout: booorrriiinnnggg!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

8-word poem

Why do that
When you can
Do this?

Monday, July 10, 2006

8-word poem

Everything feels
Much more official
On a clipboard.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

8-word poem

Why not play
A relaxing game
Of solitaire?

Saturday, July 08, 2006

8-word poem

They don't
Want me
In their

Friday, July 07, 2006

8-word poem

This is
Certainly not
Frank O'Hara's
New York.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

8-word poem

Close your eyes,
See how
You are.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

8-word poem

Vanishing cream
Vanish___ act
Van______ point
_________ breed

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

8-word poem

To be able
To say
"I'm sorry"

Monday, July 03, 2006

iTuneage - recent baker's dozen

1. "If You Could Read My Mind" - Gordon Lightfoot
2. "You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side" - Morrissey
3. "Pay Me My Money Down" - Bruce Springsteen
4. "Loddy Lo" - Chubby Checker
5. "Rainy, Rainy Day" - Brownie McGhee
6. "You're Going to Lose That Girl" - The Beatles
7. "Rock Show" - Wings
8. "Air: Descend, Kind Pity, Heavenly Guest" - Handel (from Theodora)
9. "My Red Joystick" - Lou Reed
10. "Big Ten-Inch Record" - Aerosmith
11. "Up Around the Bend" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
12. "I Have Seen" - Zero 7
13. "Five Seconds" - Peeping Tom

8-word poem

The kind
Of people
Who expect
Nothing less.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

8-word poem

The lion didn't
Sleep at all
Last night.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

8-word poem

Holy water
In the foyer:
A sad priest.