That bottle you’re clutching, in the shtetl it’s called the bottle of last things. At that time all trees and plants and stones could speak. The Carthaginians decided that Hanno should go past the Pillars and found Carthaginian cities. If what’s left after the icecaps melt and the seas rise (and all that) are ghost ships, sunshine, a few Venetian stones and a unicorn, I will be the first to say that the story of humans on earth had a happy ending. The knife sharpener is coming down the street and it worries me. How do they ever make enough money? They make money off people running out of their houses with knives. I picked the haibun as a (very loose) constraint. “I bought Café Bustelo in the yellow can because it was something like $3. The shopping I did was at Walmart which I convinced myself was the only choice. Ah, the grips of temporary poverty! The need for pleasure and what my mother calls ‘retail therapy’! I have brought both back to the desert. On the first page of MOBY DICK Ishmael says THIS IS MY SUBSTITUTE FOR PISTOL AND BALL, it is my favorite line in all literature. I have a new therapist today. I am drinking whiskey out of a glass my boyfriend callsTHE GOBLET OF FIRE. It is mostly just a normal glass but calling it this makes us both happy. All summer I wore a Lebron James jersey in public." But it’s not Palestine or Syria or ... It’s the PRI killing Carlos Yahir Valdivia Valdez this morning.
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It was zero dark thirty, as the cliché had it, and an inescapable reference came to mind: Balzac’s “Le chef d’oeuvre inconnu”; there it was, hanging in front of our very eyes.
[Note: Sources: Arielle Guy, FB comment, 1 Dec 012; “The First Human Beings, Their Sons and Amazon Daughters” (tr. from Leo Frobenius’s French version by Steven Weber), in Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature (eds. Pierre Joris and Habib Tengour), as seen at University of California Press; Hanno the Navigator, “from The Periplos of Hanno” (tr. anon), in Joris and Tengour; JBR, FB comment, 1 Dec 012; Ariel Goldberg, “Through the Veins of a Dry Fountain”, at Evening Will Come 24; TC Tolbert, “Introduction To The Issue”, at Evening Will Come 24; Hannah Ensor, “A Memory: Connecticut 2012 And Never Going Back There”, at Evening Will Come 24; JBR; several FB posts combined, 1 Dec 012; the way Mutts, “Ecology of Vispo – A Blindfold Test”, at Blandiloquent showed up in my Google Reader, 1 Dec 012; Creston Davis, “Beyond the Razor’s Edge”, at Objet petit a, 1 Dec 012; Gwenaël Kerlidou, “Beware the Tragic Sublime”, at Hyperallergic, 1 Dec 012]