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WESTWARD HO

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WESTWARD HO ...

    PuppyFlowers: Volume I

NOEL BLACK

    WESTWARD HO 2 DREAM TEAM 2001 3

    HELP YOURSELF 4 MOTHER'S DAY 5 POEM 6

    I'M THINKIN' ABOUT EASTER CUZ I FUCKIN' LOVE PASTELS 7

    THE THING 9

    ELENI SIKELIANOS

    A Carnet for the Loved Love 11

    GREG HEWETT

    When I Was Twelve 15 Red Suburb 16 Cohort 1161 18

    Amtrak Sunset 19

    KEVIN OPSTEDAL thHollywood 20 Kon Tiki & the 99 Wave 21 Liquid Drāno 22

    In these latitudes 24 Part gray-pink subliminal cumulus, part palm tree 26

    Thursday was empty & Friday was soaked in bleach 29

    Kam Fong as Chin Ho 30 Metabolism, a movie 31

    Blind Errands to Nowhere 33

    Tiny Bubbles 34 Drinking from Puddles 36 BETH LISICK

    Punchlining 37

    CEDAR SIGO

    The Popular Movements 42 Childcraft: Volume 7 43 OUT OF THE PAST 44 CHRIS FISCHBACH

    “Palindrome: a Tactical Composition” 45

    “The Consistory of Cardinals: Ballad” 48

    The Three of Us 49

    COURTNEY E. MARTIN

    breathing as a drum 51

    ROSEBUD LANE

    Ghazal of Córdoba 54

    PEDESTRIAN

    It all started the year I went as a cowboy to Christmas... 55 KARL KRAUSE

    What’s It Good For? 58 At the Candy Bar Factory 59

    Lifestyles 60 Thank You (in progress) 61

    EDMUND BERRIGAN

    PROSE POEM 62 PROSE POEM CONSEQUENCES 63

    Ing 64 from the BALL-HALLELUJAH CONNECTION 65

    excerpt from the BALL-HALLELUJAH CONNECTION 66 MARINA ECKLER

    Crispest 68

    CHRIS MARTIN

    Stage Left 69 A COMPENDIUM OF HORSES 70

    THE ARCHETYPE OF THE MAD SCIENTIST 72

    UNDER THE MOON 74 The Poetry of Kevin Opstedal 75

    JENI OLIN

    Media Suite:

    Bob Dylan 76

    “Colors” starring Patti, Grandma, & me at twenty-five 77

    Her Finest Hour 78 Like Beatrix Potter, 79 Meryl Streep 80

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The Correction 81 Tom Brokaw 82

Welcome Back Kotter 83

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NOEL BLACK

WESTWARD HO

    I just saw Pinocchio running backwards across the pixilated landscape with

    his bolshevik cock barking a littered river from his lederhosen.

No, really.

The hamburgers below deny everything

but the abandoned vision of my own blindness--

    it's the old house in drag--insulting me with dust, the breath of incest, &

    psychiatry

    while I spy on my own mind & flail toward the memory of lies.

"If New York City is the mouth of America

then San Francisco must be its asshole"

All the words I have to say have become clouds

with the silence of a bruised facade behind me. . .

"I wish I could afford some cash!"

I'm somewhere in between

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DREAM TEAM 2001

I'm buried now

but I won't be long--

    memories light the corner of my mind,

    shifting watercolors of the way we were

    & the bodies we left behind

& when I rise

I'll shake my eyes

upon confusion hill--

The Strangest Man Alive

with my dark holler

& the strange old songs

Love will abide

to wake in stride

beside myself

above these states

on darling shiny days

    living in the memory of a cause

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HELP YOURSELF

It ain't be'd easy

deciphering light

with a cracker jack code ring

& a black eye

This is a mean old world

to try to live in

    So let's get to work on the final nightmare

of Modern Art

& make some origami fruit squirrels

    Oops--the sewing machines are dripping,

& who turned on the heavy?

    Is this just another teenage lesbian vendetta,

    or am I the next contestant on "Soul Search"?

I'm gonna WIN WIN WIN that can of potted meat product

I really am.

Go dig a hole--

    I'm goin' where there's no depression

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MOTHER'S DAY

     --for Marina

    Here the womb becomes an inward drawing

    Transparent quietness like stars & years

Bones & flesh knit into a door

Reveal the intricate disorder--

When the doorbell rang

    It was a baby that will forever be yours.

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POEM

I my best to confuse the audience--

Ask me how I'm losing weight. . .

Sausage!

& my hands turned into a notebook

    to reach through the cosmos & scrape my face out.

    The piss-light's over San Francisco like a slouch

    as the modern lovers wear their incest down Market St.

like a badge--

    like a send my love to you sign on the window.

    I came by the way of the half-breeds & lesbians

    & I'll be home with buckets of gold heart.

Cash horror & low starfire these days--

I'm guided by voices.

Is that all there is?

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I'M THINKIN' ABOUT EASTER CUZ I FUCKIN' LOVE PASTELS

     --for Marc Huebert

1.

    Let me show you the shape of my heart:

    a baby blue King Kong lunch box

trying to make lost time--

"I Gotta Whole Lotta Lunch"

"All Is Full of Lunch"

"Lost Lunch Blues"

    "You've Lost That Luncheon Feeling"

2.

    I used to be young, gifted & black,

but now I'm just white trash.

3.

Pink tulip on a paper towel &

    7 porcelain dalmations in a shitty window--

    the details make up for the damage. . .

4.

    I used to believe in a lot of things,

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but things done changed--

    all day long with my foot up a dog's ass

in the same stale shoes.

    There are strange things happening every day.

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