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Monday, April 30, 2012

canadian club


god knows how many cases
of canadian club i have collected

i have traversed a thousand miles
across the darkened continent
and found no animal worth the killing
i have plunged over the brink
of my own billowing niagara
only to come bobbing with disheartening cheerfulness
to the surface:  downstream and unimpressed

i have grown moss on my north side
while waiting with a patented patience
for some heavenly sign to split the fog
and illuminate the manuscript
my fateful moving finger hath writ
only to be pissed on by passing dogs
and mistaken for a candid camera mailbox

god only knows how many cases
of canadian club i have collected
and i am left still thirsty
always on the brink of boredom
sherlockian cocaine kept close at hand
if i had taken a mathematical muse
to bed at age of twelve
instead of this damned poet’s whore
that hangs around my neck
a fat and painted, powdered albatross
or if i’d cut a chemist teeth
and singed my soul on satan’s bunsen burner


then perhaps i could afford
to ignore this none too gentle prodding
to plow unyielding paper with a poet’s pen
instead i pass my rumplestilskin days
spinning gold into these polyester poems
and gaze with eyes glazed like be-sugared donuts
in awful, fascinated boredom
on all the silly soliloquies my soul concocts


breathless:
i run the boston marathon of my mind
and panting turn to see the crowd
has grown as bored with me as i with them
and has left my sweating, adidas’ed self
to enjoy my momentary triumph
alone





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I am from West Virginia. Born in New Martinsville to a minister's family. Traveled around West Virginia and Southern Ohio growing up. The only stability I got was from my mother's side of the family in Boone County. My Great Grandfather on my father's side was preaching in Madison during the Mine Wars. He ran for the state legislature on a pro-union ticket and won only to have the coal companies tie the results up in court so he ended serving only one day out of this term. My Grandfather on my mother's side stood with the miner's at Blair Mountain and died of Black Lung when I was still in my teens. I was raised a Conservative Christian...not a Fundamentalist. Strict separation of church and state based on the understanding that what makes for a good politician is pretty much the opposite of what makes a good Christian. I'm politically radical in that I believe in one man/one vote and the only way to have political equality is to have economic equality. I'm an atheist because once I accepted the fact of my own mortality I found no need for belief in God.