ISBN 13: 978-1-890311-28-5
142 pgs, Cover by Benjamin Friedlander
from "Lateral Argument"
Not all fruit trees hate you --
just this one.
Freud once attempted to purchase Mexico.
Darwin feared meteors and their connection to lichen.
Mathew Arnold hated ducks, just hated 'em.
Martin Frobisher cooked and ate an entire cabin boy.
invented the clap-on clap-off lamp.
Fatty Arbunkle faked his own death and ended up running a go-cart
track in Alabama.
lost his nose
in a practical joke gone very wrong.
Backing slowly away from the bear, not looking
in its eyes. Pretending to be asleep.
Ignoring the tornado. Refusing to acknowledge
the legitimacy of the mudslide.
Not flinching -- holding steady -- when the toaster
falls into the bath. Glancing back, turning to salt, and not
caring. Driving blindfolded on acid in the 70s.
Arguing for a lower grade. Pulling the thigh
hairs of the opposing power forward.
A small gully, with a few boards, can be home
for a while. Bowing inapproapriately, standing up
at the wrong time, an accidental snort. Now you are ready.
It isn't what anyone needs or wants. This music
includes recordings made out Trade Center windows.
Plato libeled Gorgias to advance his own protofascist
agenda. Those clicking sounds. An unexpectedly
depressing millenium, a real letdown after
the frisky ad campaign.