Thursday, June 29, 2017
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
One of my guys told me people used to get together here, a cult drawn to huge spectacle. Such a temple. Can you imagine? And the statue of that broad, Athena—a god, really. Or goddess. Whatever. And it had gold inside. If a real broad could be like that, right? Such a historical place. Really, really historical. Or historic; it doesn't matter. We were going to do a casino just like this. It’s true! But then I thought it would look really, really bad. This place is like, it’s in disarray. Disgusting in a lot of ways. So much of it got smashed by a bunch of Italians—greedy, greedy Italians before there was an Italy, OK. But you have to respect that—going in and just destroying someplace because you want to, saying goodbye to sculptures that would be worth a fortune. Why the hell not? They just came in and blew it up. Kablooey, right? No insurance. But it’s still really, really historical. So it means a lot to be here. I mean, I’ve been to nicer places that are in one piece, but this is neat!
--Daniel M. Shapiro
(poem previously appeared in Menacing Hedge)
Daniel M. Shapiro is the author of Heavy Metal Fairy Tales (Throwback Books, 2016), How the Potato Chip Was Invented (sunnyoutside press, 2013), and The 44th-Worst Album Ever (NAP Books, 2012). He is a senior poetry editor with Pittsburgh Poetry Review.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
The day spilled its blood
above Amerika, the rich
play God and flip coins to
see who will die today
The devil stokes his furnace,
children eat cornflakes, dogs
water fire hydrants, women
apply war paint, while men
Defecate with the sports section,
babies cry for their bottles, drunks
do too, the president sniffs dope,
raises taxes on the poor while
Laughing with his finger on his
twitter propaganda machine
and his sick paranoia clouding
his warped mind under a bad rug.
Catfish McDaris’ most infamous chapbook is Prying with Jack Micheline and Charles Bukowski. His best readings were in Paris at the Shakespeare and Co. Bookstore and with Jimmy"the ghost of Hendrix"Spencer in NYC on 42nd St. He’s done over 25 chaps in the last 25 years. He’s been in the New York Quarterly, Slipstream, Pearl, Main St. Rag, Café Review, Chiron Review, Zen Tattoo, Wormwood Review, Great Weather For Media, Silver Birch Press, and Graffiti and been nominated for 15 Pushcarts, Best of Net in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2016 he won the Uprising Award in 1999, and won the Flash Fiction Contest judged by the U.S. Poet Laureate in 2009. He was in the Louisiana Review, George Mason Univ. Press, and New Coin from Rhodes Univ. in South Africa. He’s recently been translated into Spanish, French, Polish, Swedish, Arabic, Bengali, Mandarin, Yoruba, Tagalog, and Esperanto. His 25 years of published material is in the Special Archives Collection at Marquette Univ. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He’s listed in Wikipedia. Catfish McDaris won the Thelonius Monk Award in 2015. His ancestors are from the Aniwaya Clan of the Cherokee Nation and related to Wilma Mankiller. He’s working in a wig shop in a high crime area of Milwaukee. Bukowski’s Indian pal Dave Reeve, editor of Zen Tattoo gave Catfish McDaris his name when he spoke of wanting to quit the post office and start a catfish farm. He spent a summer shark fishing in the Sea of Cortez, built adobe houses, tamed wild horses around the Grand Canyon, worked in a zinc smelter in the panhandle of Texas, and painted flag poles in the wind. He ended at the post office in Milwaukee.
Anyway….let’s head back down to the river and see what sewage we can find this week.
Terrorism seems to be the topic of the day….early Monday a van rammed into a mosque in north London killing one and wounding (at this count) at least 10….in circumstances familiar to American’s the attacker was not an Islamic extremist but instead was a white dude of the ilk of domestic terrorists that we breed right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A.
…not to be outdone AmeriKKKa continued its quest for most violent, racist nation on the planet: on Sunday a 17 year old Muslim girl, Nabra Hassanen was found dead in a pond…yeah, a fucking pond…22 year old Darwin Torres has been arrested…and not a week since that bullshit acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez in the murder of Philando Castile, for committing the crime of being black and driving in his fucking car, we have the genius pigs in Seattle shooting a pregnant black woman, 30 year old Charleena Lyles for brandishing a knife after calling in a burglary attack. While Ms. Lyles has had mental health issues over the years, and who knows if she didn’t have the knife in self-defense, why the cops didn’t try something else like, I don’t know, maybe a fucking taser instead of their guns is beyond me…actually this isn’t…this is America…they were cops…she was black. That’s always how it goes down in this glorified third world nation…is it?
and as of Wednesday you can add no justice for Sylville Smith.
But TrumpLand wouldn’t be TrumpLand without the big, orange monster…I guess this week’s question in the shittiest reality TV show known to man: is DOUCHE MOTHERFUCKER under investigation? According to the loudmouth DOUCHE bag, Robert Mueller, my next door neighbor and pretty much all of America…he is. But according to DOUCHE’s lawyer…he isn’t. Well…we got our first cliffhanger right there.
And, of course, while that sideshow continues to consume the nation, a small band of sniveling, corporate lapdog Republicans are hiding behind closed doors drafting what will only be another draconian version of a health bill. One can only imagine what kind of health bill these domestic terrorizing goons will try and push through the Senate…tell you what….anyone catch one of the Koch brothers out buying lube and a ton of tissue….take a picture because that’ll mean this one is a doozy.
From what I’ve read this is a health bill that most of the republicans have not seen, that they will only have about 20 hours to read and amend before a vote…sounds like democracy in action…because when you want your elected representatives to create an overhaul of health care you want them to write that legislation in private, make sure no one really comprehends what’s in it, and then bring it to a vote….and I’ll bet you the bulk of those asshole’s vote for it.
in all fairness i'm probably the wrong guy to try and sooth the wounded Democrat, especially in an election so far below the Mason/Dixon line...but maybe THIS will help
is beyond me.