Daily Archives: July 23, 2018


From October 2017.  Revised.

In the works of
Quentin Tarantino
revenge and retribution
are frequent themes.

I think they reveal 
the fullness of 
recent American 

This explains so much of
how we got here,
where we’re going,
why we can’t turn aside.

We’re in Tarantino’s world.
Think of all the casual
evil accepted within
his concepts high and low.

Think of how
he excuses
the worst language,
the worst behavior,

through a complex math
that adds injustice and
revenge and gets
a cleansing zero.

Think of how 
with winks and smiles
he comforts, then authorizes
a stab, a shot, a blow.

Think most of all
of the one where 
an actor demands
his men bring him

one hundred scalps —
usually enough
to make me turn it off
and turn away;

too long a history
for me and mine
to fantasize in comfort
over scalping once done to us

for bounties 
much like this one. Still,
late nights or early mornings
when I sit and see the news,

when I watch 
and wring my hands, sometimes
I whisper when I know 
no one will hear

a phrase that tells me
I am part of his world now,
although I hate it: “One hundred?
Not enough. Let’s make it 101.”

Don’t Sing

To sing in the mouth
of that which consumes you
is no strategy.

To sing among the teeth
descending into you
is not acceptable..

I don’t care what the positive thinker says
of the need for love and civility.

I don’t care for the One
who said to turn the other cheek.

To open your mouth
and offer hymns of praise
to compliance and martyrdom
as you are consumed
is no good thing.

To be swallowed
without at least attempting
to strangle them as you descend,

to loose your throat
without sticking in their throat,
is not noble.

Is atonal, is
dissonance, is
anharmonic, anti-

To offer your music 
in the presence of that
which only sings your death – 

how would that song sound?