Herbie Mann Comin' Home

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Wrapped Rapture

Should the gods see fit to take me, to take me these next weeks, 

Then what they'll find is me, well-suited in my Jockeys or my Fruit-of-The-Looms.

Always at the forefront.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Look. Don't "Don't"

Amendment to my July 8, 2010 post.

One of the masterworks of the eerie:  Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now.

The atmosphere of Venice in its shadows or watery winter daylight or dark restoration interiors, blind women who can 'see'.    Grief-struck mother who needs to believe.  Ghostly figure just beyond reach, darting into an alley across the small midnight bridge.

We're lost.


Sunday, August 22, 2010


The side effects of a pill.  Being aware and becoming wary of them.  Like the presence of -- I don't believe in ghosts -- some 'unwanted visitor'.  Raising the hair on my legs while tingling and numbing them.  Leaving pinprick marks on a curve like a segment of crop circles.  Not really fattening my lips, so why the feeling of that?  

Not so much in control as when I was a young man panicked merely by accusations against my looks.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Frantic, Man

Wash it down, this bebop in a headache

With a dose of small group Wayne Shorter

Children of the Night, what pain they take

To smooth it out, to stretch it farther

Into the post-op, into the post-bop


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Archive Of Some Hearts

. . . the beast with two backs . . .

. . . the green-eyed monster . . .

Daily Observance

Waiting outside the office, a guy with no right ear, just masking tape over the hole.

The other guy who always comes in late, cuts deep into the room, unpacks, unzips, sharpens, raises his hand first, and without writing a thing, voices his opinion, becomes the 'lead' to a discussion that -- because of him -- always and immediately turns to quick, cynical observations.

His right eye, eyelid, and upper cheek is bleached albino.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Screen Blondes

Honey West

Pepper Anderson

Curly Flagg

Sugar Kane Kowalczyk

Thalia Menninger

Monday, August 16, 2010

Two Ways Of Looking At The Quibbler

The Bad Critic:

1)  a sarcast who hasn't learned how to hold back defending against what he expects will be reprisal.

2) one who lowers everyone else to the muddy level of self-esteem he feels himself not even worthy of.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Let's Go For A Nosh

Behavioral studies indicate that endocannabinoids increase eating motivation by enhancing the incentive salience and hedonic evaluation of ingesta.

This attributed by a student to a journal on behavioral pharmacy.  No student commentary on it.

a) Expect, at least, a paraphrase of the learned quotation;

b) Expect, at least, the student to return home, light up, and get the munchies;

c) Expect 'pro-hemp' emails mysteriously to appear through school email address books;

d) Expect the behavioral researcher to join a 12-step program and attend Word Camp.


Chivalry -- And Make It Snappy!

Post-war American panache, goofy and confident despite the mushroom clouds and then-recent megadeath.  A loosening of the US military blouse, symbolic triumph over a dwarfed, defeated enemy, a belittling of a Europe at that point flattened, the parent proven not to know the lessons it was meant to teach.

The child not yet learning all the lessons, but bluff in its underdeveloped certainty.


Me Go 'Boom'!

What suffering, and which pains,

What agony remains

Fulfilling a creation,

This longest adaptation


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

The (Relatively) Few, The (Relatively) Proud

People born in the following years:










. . . These people this year turn an age whose digits total '10' and whose birth year (excepting the century, which does, coincidentally total '10') totals '10'.

(I'll leave it to the mathematicians to debunk the wonder of this finding)


Friday, August 6, 2010

Pucker Up

Words and truth meet

When sour is the new sweet

could mean:

a) People always lie;

b) Language can never yield the truth;

c) Only language has the capacity to see truth beyond the obvious

d) Truth ever changes

e) Truth lies in the resolution of opposites


Thursday, August 5, 2010


Sky a watery rose

Above a scissorcut disarray

Summer morning heat clouds

My sinuses are raining

(art: suzanne wiggin)


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Shut My Mouth!

The strictly honest man -- should such exist outside the hypothetical -- has no friends.

Those with a coterie need to inspect all close motives.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Eye Exam

How the foreground becomes the background.

That which is there in front of your face:  can you explain it

It just gets painted;  it just gets worked around

Until it works around you.  Until you become it.