Friday, April 24, 2015

poem beginning with a line from a song by george michael

that's all i wanted to be warm and naked by your side
like the beauty of rain and 
street semiotics

like when i saw the woman wearing the star wars t-shirt
mirrored my thoughts precisely at
at the moment

life becomes symbiotic
to its
machines

e.g. i can't think without my i-phone
or when i was humming a song
by john mellancamp

on the way to work
another woman was singing
that same song as i passed her by


Thursday, April 23, 2015

check this shit out

poetry by my brotha jim mccrary published here at truck 

and this vid with brazilian poets waly salomao and paulo leminski [a small portion of the vid is captioned in english.  i don't understand portuguese.  i do love these poets energy.  these guys are fully engaged.  when i watched this vid last friday for the first time i got a real high high].


Monday, April 20, 2015

poem beginning with a line by paulo leminski

o richardlopez
is a mad dog
that likes long
walks in the park
running after cars
shooshed by news
papers and shoes
cowering in corners
afraid of his own
shadow and loud
bangs barks at
the moon and will
chew the furniture
of every room
of your house


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

life is
too short

to be
in such

a hurry

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

dailies

sick with worry and unable to find a cure i read an article about the robotization of the military with a youtube vid. of autonomous driving supply vehicles and i think i am witnessing a scene from a 20th century sci-fi flick complete with cheesy dialog and a dystopian ending but then who can predict the future we all have our digital lives so much has tech. woven into our shared culture[s] why even today i saw a homeless man set up camp with a TV monitor and an x-box gaming device at play in the fields of the lord

spring crows flick
                  burger king wrappers
cars honks to move them out of the way

Monday, April 13, 2015

los ultimos dias [2013]

an interesting spanish horror film.  it is 2013; marc is overworked and is on the verge of being fired from his job.  his girlfriend, julia, wants to have a child.  they argue.  he leaves for work.  the city is bustling.  a coworker is in the process of getting sacked.  marc is told that this man had not left the office in several weeks.  he had been living there.  two security guards physically escort the man out of the building.  the man is panicked.  when he is thrust outdoors in seizes.  marc runs to his aid.  but the man has died.

soon everyone in the city is afflicted with THE PANIC.  if someone goes outside they die.  barcelona falls to ruin.  marc left julia.  he needs to return to julia.  marc enlists the help of the hatchet man of the office.  the rest of the story is one of great peril.  people organize into tribes for survival.  food and water are scarce.  outside barcelona is a ghost town.  inside the buildings, sewers and subways it is mob rule.

i am unfamiliar with the directors, brothers david and alex pastor.  the cast is game.  the theme of mass agoraphobia with attendant immediate death if one does venture outside is fascinating on its face.  marc's love for julia is his single redeeming quality.  before that he was just an overworked, superficial jerk.  still, the pastors' do little with their theme.  i don't need an explanation why THE PANIC exists.  i do need to know how people deal with it in greater depth.  instead the pastors shot a road show with a buddy chaser.  two misfits learn to work together and trust each other for their mutual survival.  but even the relationship between marc and the hatchet man [the guy who does the firing for management], enrique, is rather shallow.  these two men are thrown together and then become coevals.  they are not.  their work together is false.  their professed love for another is not believable.

but then so what.  for the pastors are trying out larger themes.  i think.  the ending had me scratching my head too.  i thought, what?!  that's it?!  the larger themes are how brittle the bonds of society and how easily those bonds can break.  what does it mean for urban dwellers when they can no longer go outside?  what sort of government will these people create?  how does one procure food and water?  what do you do with your waste?  why is there THE PANIC?

it is not always the place for horror movies to answer the questions it derives for their themes.  but the better horror films will create an utterly believable world to explore and exploit our collective fears.  the pastors made an interesting film but an imperfect one.  the world they created is a strange one but it does not give goosebumps.  a serious, but unscary horror flick is indeed the more scarier for it being so.     

  

Sunday, April 12, 2015

old is the new old

there was a photo of the punk band bad religion in the paper today.  the pic was captioned something along the lines of 'old is the new young'.  see, the huuuuuuuge music fest COACHELLA held for two weekends in april booked bands like ac/dc and steely dan.  your grandparents music.  from another century even!  well, fresh fucking hell.  i say old is the new old.  always has been.  even if i don't cotton much to the artificial delineations made between generations.  baby boomers, gen-x and millenials have many things in common.  such as rock&roll, such as we are all human beings who want very similar things, such as the need to be happy and live good lives.  so i say fucking rock out to ac/dc down in the desert, young folks.  because you shall be old too, and very soon.  i say embrace your age, whatever you are on the spectrum.  for we shall all die.  someday.  soon.  age is not just a number.  it is an achievement.  a great gift.  rock out at whatever your age.  because you can't rock out when you are dead.  you might only wish you could.