субота, 19 вересня 2015 р.

Rhoda Penmarq


steady


“you really surprised me there”

but i had to ask
yes, i just had to ask

because they couldn’t help it
the scenes were lonely and sometimes desperate
mom tried to cheer me up

the world is going to hell
straight to hell in a hell of a hurry
with little more than a handful of components

he was an important functionary
it was funny as shit
so steady on her bare feet

the scenes were lonely and desperate
siphoning off the bosses’  supply
with little more than a handful of basic concepts

mom kept trying to cheer me up
because the world was going to hell
we’re not right for each other

it just doesn’t make sense to go on
he was an important functionary
in a mackintosh and bowler hat

he was a big man, a reliable man

“the kind of guy who always ordered two steaks and a baked potato”

but i had to ask, didn’t i?

he was a real big man, all right
the scenery was lonely and desolate
as they siphoned off the bosses’ profits


sources:  everything i never told  you,  by celeste ng
all the light we cannot see, by anthony doerr
in the kingdom of ice, by hampton sides
the short and tragic life of robert peace, by jeff hobbs
redeployment, by phil klay
revival, by stephen king
savage harvest, by carl hoffman
the book of unknown americans, by cristina henriquez
big little lies, by liane moriarty
station eleven,  by emily st john mandel
the paying guests, by sarah waters
being mortal, by atul gawande


these books are included in amazon’s list of the 100 best books of 2014

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the savage cooch



swiftly savage as she sent it hurtling
a pint of whiskey hidden in my coat pocket
beside a pearl-gray buick

possessed of a strange suspicion
beside the pearl gray buick
he reached through the front window

getting into the big money
who will ever know your mind?
after you get the big money

and ride away in your pearl gray buick
perhaps such attentions are common
with one of his sudden quick smiles

maybe they do things differently in the big city
in an impenetrable phalanx of conversation
who will ever know your mind

it was insolent and cynical

“she had no call to talk to me like that”

it was insolent and cynical and disrespectful

and think of the dust
she always had a big mouth
swiftly savage as she sent it hurtling

with the cooch and the mitt camp

“she could really shake that thing”

and think of the dust

one of his sudden quick smiles
an impenetrable phalanx of conversation
with the cooch and the mitt camp


sources: the liberty boys of '76, by harry moore
claude's confession, by emile zola
sinister street, by compton mackenzie
the hollow, by agatha christie
the case of the sulky girl, by erle stanley gardner
"the doll", by daphne du maurier
my cousin rachel, by daphne du maurier
here comes a candle, by fredric brown
"the freak show murders" by fredric brown
women, by charles bukowski
a man in full, by tom wolfe
the accursed, by joyce carol oates

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