(Inspired yet again by the amazing work of my friend, Jeremy Nathan Marks) The Hangover Continues This is no cinematic experience. This is not the morning after. There is no pill to rid us of our pregnant horror. These jokes sour in our mouths. We’ve already missed the party and still the vomiting goes on. Still the nausea without relief and every pill to calm is yet another emetic. Every treatment turns to the oil of serpents. A stinging unguent of reptiles squirms in the bottle. Every one proves to be the cheapest rotgutmoonshine with a handful of healing botanicals tossed in as an afterthought to cover the burning of the grains, the torching of the crops. The fire on the corn transforms the heat and sweat into blood and fire fed back and fed up and poured down gullets too slack to gag, too full to feel feedback from the feed bag gulleys until the streets run red and blue and black and still the vomiting goes on, still the hangover proves incurable, still the hangover hangs over and over and over again and still hopes dangle like clouds of cotton candy for monkeys struck dumb and stuck in cages for another round, another spin another spill upon the pavement and it doesn’t matter how many times you stick your finger down your throat there is always more to come up. The i.v. is still in the vein. The feeding tube comes in the back door. The surge is ass-backwards and the purge is impossible. The source is a spring of sour fluids. The water table is set. The setting’s on spin and the spit itself is spat upon.
(a response (reflex?) to the Wendell Berry piece that my friend Jeremy posted over on The Sand County ...just what happened when the pebble of those words hit the pool of my mind...) A Man as Crude as Any I am not afraid to punctuate profundity with flatulence. I am as crude as biology, as physiology, as the undeniable body that flinches and rages, blusters and bluffs. I can not do justice to the gifts I find all around us. These jewels that fall from my mouth are an aberration, the lucky grunt of an ape that happened upon a sound that happens to sound like the sound of another thing, a welling up from within for a thing that will always be a mystery from without. I am not only naked in the sun, but crying and sobbing before the eyes of others. I am too aware of the game to play it well. I would be against the wall, were that practice to find its vogue again. I would fight and feel a fool or I would cast my eyes down and feel a coward or I would do both and be redeemed or I would do neither and be damned. My teeth would become brittle sticks within my mouth and my tongue would turn to stone, and fall into my throat and choke me.
A big thank you to the lovely folks over at The Blue Hour for publishing two of my poems,
and a Big Congratulations to my friend Jeremy Nathan Marks, of The Sand County for being nominated for the Blue Hour’s 2013 Best of the Net. He is a remarkable poet and thinker and the nomination could not be more well deserved. You should definitely check out his work if you have not already.