I am and am not a salt-filled pancake.
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." --Pablo Picasso
"The first to apologize is the bravest; the first to forgive is the strongest; and the first to forget is the happiest." --Jacklyn Stewart
"I say, play your own way. Don’t play what the public wants. You play what you want and let the public pick up on what you’re doing, even if it does take them fifteen, twenty years." --Thelonious Monk
"To say someone is a bad writer is a really stupid thing to say. There's no such thing as bad writing." --Dorothea Lasky
"Writing is like driving at night in fog. You only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." --E. L. Doctorow
"If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure." --Dan Quayle
"Somebody gets into trouble, then gets out of it again. People love that story. They never get tired of it." --Kurt Vonnegut
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." --Hunter S. Thompson
"I've never met a person I couldn't call a beauty." -- Andy Warhol
"Art is spirituality in drag." --Jennifer Yane
"Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face." --John Updike
"We're all just walking each other home." --Ram Dass
"I am a meat Popsicle." --from The Fifth Element
Because I learned, like O'Hara did, why I'm not a painter.
Grief Suite - Bobbi Lurie ♣ The Real Politics of Lipstick - Mary Carroll-Hackett ♣ Venus Drive - Sam Lipsyte ♣ American Monsters - Sezin Koehler ♣ Why Did I Ever - Mary Robison ♣ Elephants in Our Bedroom - Michael Czyzniejewski ♣ Wouldn't You Like to Know - Pamela Painter ♣ America: A Prophecy - Sparrow ♣ You Never Die in Wholes - Kyle Hemmings ♣ Geek Love - Katherine Dunn ♣ Collected Poems - Frank O-Hara ♣ Damn Sure Right - Meg Pokrass ♣ Ask the Dust - John Fante ♣ Counting Myself Lucky - Edward Field ♣ Skin, Inc - Thomas Sayers Ellis ♣ The World Doesn't End - Charles Simic ♣ Black Tickets - Jayne Anne Phillips ♣ Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives - Brad Watson ♣ Airships - Barry Hannah ♣ Justine - Lawrence Durrell ♣ Selected Levis: Revised Edition - Larry Levis ♣ Big World - Mary Miller ♣ Collected Poems - Lynda Hull ♣ Refusing Heaven - Jack Gilbert ♣ Search Party - William Matthews ♣ The Rainbow Stories - William Vollmann ♣ Sleeping It Off in Rapid City - August Kleinzahler ♣ Break It Down - Lydia Davis ♣ To be continued ....
Thank you for the kind comment on "The Artist's Conk." I've been offline in the woods for four days, catching up now!
thank you so much for your comment on "The Dirty, Happy Smile" and the idea that it is a trophy kind-of piece made me smile. I wrote it a VERY long time ago (1994). It is amazing to bring it back. big thanks.
if i didn't already thank you for your comment/fave on "I Married This" I am doing so now. Thank you and still you are the only man here in drag.
Michael, your comments and support mean a lot. Like Meg above, I'm glad you're here. Oh, and the inclusion of 'Dwayne' in your name makes you automatically sound more dignified...or more like a serial killer...I can't remember which.
Thanks for commenting on "Babble," Michael. Appreciate it!
Michael, Thank you for your comments about "Touch." I appreciate you.
Michael so happy you enjoyed Doug the snake, he needs all the friends he can get!
Michael, thanks for reading 'Copper', and for the fave. Grace is something I think about a lot- trying for a graceful flow of events, responses, graceful transitions, etc- and it's a term that finds its way into the work too. So your comment's greatly appreciated.
Sanks, Michael, for finding goodness and some zoom in "Zurich."
Michael, thank you for your such kind words about Tightrope and First Long Hike. So glad you like them!
thank you blond man with curls for being my friend.
! Thank you much for reading my old poem and the fave. :)
Thanks, Michael. Glad you liked " Helen." I'm all for intuition, I just don't have a lot.
Thanks, Michael, for your kind words and * for 'Waiting.'
Thanks for the comment up on my story, Michael!
Oh, I wish I'd thought of the middle stanza of "New Song of Innocence and Experience" myself--it made me laugh out loud too when I first read it. However, it's just one of those sayings that floats around, having taking off from a "real" proverb, and now I used it as a diving board to get yet somewhere else.
Michael: Thank you for your comment about my Lennon poem and welcome to Fictionaut. If your story "I Do Not Want What I Have Got" is any indication, I think I'm going to enjoy reading your work. Thanks again.
Thanks, Sean. And yeah, monkeys pretty much rock.
Funny stuff. I like monkeys.
Michael, glad my "ode" gave you a chuckle. Thanks for the read, comment, and fav.
Michael - thanks for your kind words and cool comments on "Cloudy..." Thanks for the fave too. Happy you liked.
Michael, welcome to the site and thanks for the kind words about "Europe, 1960."
thanks for the kind words about "knock" i always laugh when i see this profile picture which admittedly convinced me you were my kind of silly!
Yes, I have been doing a lot of reading here and think that soon I may join the chorus--hopefully without being too off-key :)
Thanks for your comment on "Poem Containing 'So,' 'And,' 'Such.'" Hope to read something of yours here soon.
Stay exactly the way you are. Welcome!
Will eventually have to come up with something more dignified, I suppose :)
love your fetching hair! so glad you are here!