I’ve experimented with a lot of things in my day.

I mainlined Romanticism and heard Genesis in a creaky, quiet singing voice in Oakland, although the Slim staccato said it was Dakota.

I took a shot of Surrealism and Dallied with daguerrotypical dandies as if it were 1931 and I was the only one who couldn’t read the hands of the crooked clocks (pointing posthaste towards a past purgatorial pointillist punishment), all polka dots and sunspots.

I freebased Existentialism and spent many an ethereal evening evoking egotistical poltergeists and fishing for cracked psyches in the carpeted psychoses of an existence that wasn’t entirely mine (but not entirely not mine either).

I downed Modernism like the last dregs from a Parisian wine not suitable for modern times and, lo and behold, it just made me whine and laugh all the way to the Left Bank.

I tried Transcendentalism and saw transcendent beauty in a pair of tarnished transvestite eyes on the corner of Turk & Taylor, with a tailored truth trying to be female, downing ale to forsake the male.

Then I racked a rail of Realism and really regretted the rush, man. Ain’t nothing rawer than realizing that reality is realer than the most ravaging night terrors.

Sturm Und Drang made me strong and drunk, and I still can’t figure out whether or not I sold my soul to the devil. But I do have a diabolical contract lying around here somewhere…

I bought some Beat poetry off a beat junkie off Skate & Thrashbury, but the words beat me down like a sad, sad clown until I forged my own mental Coney Island. I was starving, hysterical, but never naked, so I took the tempo and the credo and put it in my pants pocket for my own cruel devices.

I’ve been achy for Aestheticism and dopesick for Dadaism, after I got a taste from a tasteless turncoat in Orinda. It all seemed Shakespearean to me, but it was mostly beer and shakes, as far as I could see.

Now I’m sniffing Sentimentalism and seeing stars,

And literary schools are like classic cars:

They look real radical from afar–

But try to buy one and you won’t get far.

Manifesto

18 responses »

  1. Oh, my darling dapper dandy — where were you when I was drunk on Dharma Bums, dreaming through Drambuie clouds and lost on page 314 of Infinite Jest, disappointed that I must have missed the joke?
    I fear I’m instantly infatuated with your internet persona, though our acquaintance might be too Jung to place too much significance — I shall be perusing your writing with enthusiasm, darling.

  2. Great verse on your ‘season in hell,’ very vivid. I was glad to find poetry when I came by to thank you for following The Climax Papers. It’s a sci-fi site, the recent post was connected to poetry, but I have a poetry blog coming up soon.

  3. I’m a bit of a Realist, so that part hurt. I’m thinking now of sniffing Sentimentalism and getting off this train. Amazing piece. Such a genius write! Glad to have found your work.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, although I must admit the word “genius” makes me a bit nervous. I’m actually terrified of quite a few G words now that I think of it: guilty, girlfriend, guilty girlfriend. I wonder if there’s a clinical term for “fear of words beginning with the letter G?”

  4. I must confess that I’ve never heard of “daguerrotypical” and had to look it up. I love the way your words flow – and the way I need to slow down to absorb the combination, justly so. I am humbled that you’d follow my corner of the woods – dusty and dirty and in need of sunshine – but lest, don’t let in the sunshine because depravity does best when left in the moonlight of darkened forests 🙂

  5. Fascinating Writing WordPlay Although I Think Using The Word Play is More Of A Pun For Who Likes the Letter G of The Gun…I Prefer R 4 Run or S 4 Sun… or T 4 Ton…Yes The Gravity Is Heavy…But The Letter U For Undone Encapsilates That which is Ready…or Just Plain old V 4 A Victory of the Moment…And the W 4 Witch Spell in G to No It…X is left 4 no Explanation of exactly How 1 Goes on Such A Word Vacation…Until you find Z and A Zenith You R 4 The Peace Was Written by No Thing Less Than A Star…Cheers Traveling While Your Mind Stays Battling all B4 and ALL B Hind…Factually We All Are 1Of A Kind…To Get Her…;

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