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Marooned in Akron

A writer's contemplation on poetry, the heart, and gangsterism.
Jul 21 '14
"You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page."
Jodi Picoult (via sylviaplant)

(Source: the-disaster-she-is)

Jul 12 '14

A rubaiyat on the Ohio fracking boom, the looming 2016 Republican National Convention, and the Return of Lebron (ARTW-WK6,7/12/14)

It all started here at the top of the heap
The salt and the clear at the top of the sea
We promised the wailers we’d turn it around
We promised a cure by the time of the meek

Paved roads police codes the struggle for pay
We made those beliefs and we came here to say
Now you can’t have it we’ll burn it all down
Before we see all of it taken away

We come from the sky and we come from the earth
We come from the drive and we come from the hearth
We’ll give it our lives the boys from the hills
We know what is real and we know what it’s worth

We’re getting the lot of it speaking at last
Checking the knot and releasing it fast
We started our lives on the bad side of town
Checked in the spot and decreed free at last

Read more: http://arighttowrite.freeforums.net/thread/211/wk-6-cir#ixzz37GsvWQFL

Jul 11 '14

Termanology, Lil Fame, Sean Price - I Rock Mics

2013

Term and Sean Price are the only two I can think of worthy of holding down a group with Lil Fame. Hopefully this song is a portent of that happening.

Jul 6 '14
najakan:

The First to pass it on (2014)

dang najakan…

najakan:

The First to pass it on (2014)

dang najakan…

Jul 6 '14

The Baddest Woman on the Planet.

Great video of Rousey honing her striking skills.

Jul 6 '14

*How I Learned to Write 16 Bars* (2011)

In ‘01

I circled arenas in a Celica paid for with no money

It had the silhouette of the Big Bopper car from Mad Max

I drove it like I had the red yellow paint and sirens from the explosion scene

Writing poetry on two notebooks inscribed with sigils

prayers and game codes

I learned from memorizing Thuggish Ruggish Bone on the radio

1252 letters of Shakespeare

and my parents degrees

I rhymed because no one told me white men had stopped rhyming

began smoking opium and fucking the brains out of bisexual feminists

eating mescaline and writing there brains out on a world that respected and feared them

drinking fine small batch whiskeys and blowing their brains out

with gold inlaid, engraved, handmade Beretta shotguns

during the lost generation of man

Between ‘02 and sometime after

I set out to accomplish these feats

though not in that order, some less to not and some more

I typed free verse over a highway descended from divinatory algorithms

taught as games to children in what we now call Africa

I wrote in tiny notebooks in pockets next to cigarette packs

police saps, big rubber phones and flasks

The inventory of a character generated

from Shaka Zulu, Paul Robeson and Russel Simmons

I hoped that’s what they saw

I stopped rhyming for the regular reasons

light social humiliation, increased awareness, growth

and wanting to use the same word multiple times in a poem

Some of those reasons had other effects in my life

Time spent throwing up on drug-dealer kingpin television sets

Feeding men who would steal the headphones off my ears if they could

Learning to make women fall in love or at least feel that way for awhile

and fighting hands and feet for my friends lives

Now in ‘11

I use a digital voice recorder and if I rhyme it’s a two four beat

set to patterns from racial memory and five capable strings named after the kingfish

like my sister told me to do back in ‘01

Now my thoughts are filtered through NPR, the vacuum of meditation and DJ Lance

While dreams of being remembered as a world breaker after death

have given way to aspirations of being dad, good son, and the man of her dreams

The notebooks remain in different capacities, quantities, and rates of use

The memories spent peeling the orange of the psyche with other poets

in diners, living rooms, on parking decks, between tears and blood

are constant companions reminding me of evolution, fraternity,

the love of self and the makings of a good and faithful life 

Jul 6 '14
Vets

PAGE$ - Vets

Twuo vol. 1, 2012

Another flow from 2012. No offense intended by any of the references. I would write it differently in 2014. Enjoy.

Jul 6 '14
Jul 6 '14
Sirsday

PAGE$ - Captain’s Day Log

Twuo vol.1, 2012

Something I recorded in 2012. Really lo-fi.

Jul 6 '14
"Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners. So that if we will plant nettles or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs or distract it with many—either to have it sterile with idleness, or manured with industry—why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills."
Iago, Othello
Jul 6 '14

“Morphea” (ARTW-WK5,7/5/14)

nyx hidden in her hips
she sways to the end of reason

daylight hidden in her lips
she stares me to her reflection

her fingers bid where I land
the pearl of her palm 
the ampersand

Read more: http://arighttowrite.freeforums.net/thread/206/wk-5-cir#ixzz36eqyzbSn

Jul 6 '14

Future Islands - Balance

On the Water, 2011

I heard about these guys on NPR after they were on Letterman a few months ago. I may have posted about them.  They’re really great. Amazing lyrics and live performances

Jul 6 '14

News of my death?

Thank you for keeping me on your feed. I had to make some ways straight. I will be posting regularly again now.

I promised things when I started this blog. They are beginning. Any of these projects that are sold by me will be free (for the foreseeable and indefinite future) to my first 84 followers, whether I follow you back, how you came to follow me, etc.

Also I have a writing contest called A Right to Write going on. Please excuse the link at the bottom of some poetry released during this time of year. Please check out the other poetry in our forum. 

Also I will be releasing more (new) lo-fi music on my birthday in 8 days.

Of course, don’t call it a comeback.

Mar 14 '14
"It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, not more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things."
Machiavelli (via davejenney)
Mar 9 '14
The broadcasting life…

The broadcasting life…