Have you ever been involved with someone so hell-bent on being your muse that he (or she) gauged your fidelity by what you wrote?
Never. Unlike Harry, I have no tolerance for being controlled by sexual jealousy or by anything else. I created Luz out of my own extreme distaste for, and desire to expose in writing, whatever that mechanism is in certain women that causes them to spy without permission on their lovers’ or husbands’ emails or texts or conversations (or poetry) to gauge whether or not they’re being unfaithful, and then to interrogate them obsessively and rip them to shreds and declare vengeance on the so-called “other woman” and throw things and stamp around screaming.
There is something in that loony, pathetic, deranged behavior—most of all a delusional sense of entitled ownership of another person, but also a grasping, desperately insecure possessiveness—that makes me cringe. Luz’s character is based on the wives and girlfriends of men I’ve known. I’ve never behaved that way, and I’ve never been in a relationship with a man who behaved that way. (It wouldn’t last long, to put it mildly.) But it was lots of fun to write about.
Also Kate Christenson, same interview
electronic archeology, courtesy of Jordan Mizell
Allegory, as performed at Auntie Maes Mighty Fine Poetry Night, video provided by the wonderful Jordan Mizell
While searching for my car in a poorly lit parking lot
It is cold. Everywhere
I turn, distant floodlights cast long, long shadows off the Ford Explorers, setting off the lot like
a backgammon board. And always,
there is another Explorer.
I got my Mazda cheap, on craigslist. Maybe
It would be easier to find if it weren’t black, if it were
Yellow or sky-blue. Loud, white, anything but nondescript Mazda.
Nondescript saves me on my
Insurance payments, but tonight
I pay for it anyway, I suppose;
Just not with cash.
Spoken Word Spotlight
Each week I host a two hour radio show on KSDB 91.9 called “The Spoken Word Spotlight.” (check it: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Spoken-Word-Spotlight/152934698060664) It features a guest performer who shares stories and music. So far, there has been slam poetry, page poetry, story telling, hiphop, folk, alt, and electronic music. Tonight, I’m pleased to feature Steven Miller, of Leaning House Press (http://www.leaninghousepress.com/), and his flash fiction.
If you’d like to listen, you can tune in to 91.9 in the Manhattan area from 10pm-Midnight or you can listen to the live stream here: http://www.streamingthe.net/KSDB-The-Wildcat-91.9-FM-Manhattan-KS/p/8496&player=1 .
Two Departments, or Why Can’t English and Philosophy be Friends?
New poem. Also, check out my radio show Spoken Word Spotlight: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spoken-Word-Spotlight/152934698060664