2016 Prayer Prayed after Thanksgiving Meal

God, I did try again to transcend culture
this Thanksgiving–-by not doing it. I knew
it would be difficult with all the fare

FROM FRIENDS, FAMILY,

and well-wishers. Yet, I did intend to amend
myself by not remaining so controlled by
irrational programming of surroundings

AND MY UPBRINGING.

So by throwing out ritual and parade,
I’d have done it. Yes, I know, I KNOW, culture
functions as a foundation for clustering

PEOPLE TOGETHER

based on our customized characteristics
–-our false instincts that distinguish us from them
and rests on dissimilarities seen in

OTHER PEOPLE WITH

their cultural characteristics. In our
world, the question has been colliding cultures,
which tend to be more the source of conflict than

OF SYNERGY.

Our cultural discrepancies often tend
to be nuanced at best, yet can still end in
disaster. Indeed, Lord, holidays seem to

BE THE BEST OF TIMES

to disallow the shards of Western cultured
dependence. I wanted to deny its grief
this Thanksgiving-–a small but first step–-by not

EATING THE PRESCRIBED

holiday foods, which should have been transcendence
enough for one year, yet it didn’t happen.
And though I have surrounded myself with ritual

FOOD AGAIN–FAILING

humanity so, I did try transcending
Thanksgiving. But you know there’s pumpkin pie?
Still, I tried to better myself. So let me try

AGAIN ON CHRISTMAS.

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Winter 2016/17 Issue

My wife’s poems are on page 52. Teri McGrath.

Dragon Poet Review

Ring in “Ice-pocalypse” 2017 with our largest issue of Dragon Poet Review yet: 94 pages of fresh, riveting poetry, prose and art.  Here’s a little taste to whet your appetite, as you build your own “nest in the dark” and snuggle up against the cold:

Winter
by Ken Hada

Days are shorter
than I want.

My cousin Bear
told me to prepare

but I was fooled
by crows at dawn

who come and go
as they please.

I am a building
a nest in the dark.

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Reading Wild Songs: Joy Love and Loss

Wild Songs: Joy Love and LossWild Songs: Joy Love and Loss by Sam McMichael

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Oklahoma, more often than in any other place, everything is a symbol; can’t help be anything but–milkweed, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, wild geese, sky, chickens, coyotes, cows, iambic pentameter, sonnets, pronouns, (even Dylan Thomas here) Fort Cob to Anadarko, Binger to Cache, Albert Camus, yep, monarch butterflies, too. Whether it grows here, flies in, or stumbles in, it is something.  Sam puts it this way, “Of course you must use the unrelenting wind and the heat and the cold, the dust storms, the blue northers, the tornadoes…and do it in the rhythm and inflection that Bob Dylan picked up from Woody Guthrie and exaggerated.” In Wild Songs: Love Joy and Loss, Sam reminds us of all that.
Over the years, I have heard Sam McMichael’s poems in venues around Oklahoma and wondered if ever a book was in the works. If prayers are ever answered in Oklahoma, that one has been.

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Concerning Ezra Pound Drag

A person should never stop trying to be–Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Donna Summer, Joan Rivers, Diana Ross, Lucille Ball, Celia Cruz, Tina Turner, Mae West, Cher, Grace Jones, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Midler, Carmen Miranda,  Angelina Jolie, Andy Warhol, Austin Powers, Johnny Depp, Elton John, Michael Jackson,  Justin Timberlake, Ozzy Osbourne, Boy George–those people we see as Drag Queens.  Until Ezra Pound in the 21st century makes the list, please, stop telling me how fabulous he is. (or Robert Frost for that matter)

Note: folks should never pat themselves on the back too much till there is a  drag queen somewhere in the world of them.

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One of These

  1. That one last pair of clean socks before the judgment day.
  2. One last chewy center Gobstopper on one of Jupiter’s moons.
  3. A hypodermic needle full of pilgrims heading for America.

If I were just one those three,
I’d be a sunshine world all over the place.
I’d lay my troubles down like an Al Green song stuck
in permanent jukebox play.
I would be an
onion peel, a sink stopper,
a can opener.

Yes, except that only I would be
an onion peel, a sink stopper, a can opener,
a sunshine world all over the place
listening to Al Green
as one of the three items mentioned earlier:

  1. a clean pair of socks before judgment
  2. a Gobstopper on a Jupiter moon
  3. or a hypodermic needle full of pilgrims
    heading to America.

One of those.

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Need a word association generator? These are free and better than your average thesaurus . . .

Trish Hopkinson

My favorite of the three is Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — “Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.”

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These two also do the trick and are simpler with less visual flare:

Word Association Lookup — “The project «Word Associations Network» gives you an opportunity to lookup associations with a given word. Word associations arise in the human’s mind when reading or saying a word, or just thinking about the word. In order to retrieve the list of associations to a word, just type in the word in the search panel and press <Enter> key or “Search” button.”

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wordassociation.org — “began as an experiment by simon holliday at nameless, and has now become the…

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The Outlaw Ben Franklin

That bandito, Ben,
abducted heaven’s thunders
and tyrant’s scepters.

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Snake Cold Beer

Teri and I wanted to know since snakes were cold blooded if all we had to do to chill our beer was to place a snake or two in there inside a secure ice chest.

“One snake per six-pack might do?”

“Not quite magic but, yes, entirely like magic.”

“Put a snake in there, wait a while, then enjoy,”

we told ourselves.

Teri thought of all the other cool wonders, the other breakthroughs, the other delights,
the other disciplines, we might let loose from our experimentations with snake cold beer.

For safety, we thought about making a sign: WARNING: NO GETTING CARRIED AWAY WITH SNAKES.

“Just think,” I said, “Of all the problems that might arise from sticking too many snakes in the radiator of a car when it overheats. “Silly man,” she said, “fixing the car with snakes is a man’s job.”

“We could have snake cold packs for swollen faces, though. Just place pack on face then add snake.”

“Think about this,” she said, “Cold war with snakes not missiles,
Cold criminal cases
and snakes,
Cold snake turkey– without the turkey,
Snake cold Arctic winters,
Summer colds brought on by
snakes,
Cold openings on SNL with Trump
and snakes,
Snake cooling towers for nuclear power plants,
Small snakes for laptop cooling fans,
Larger snakes for desktops.

Instead of receiving a cold shoulder–a snake.
Cold calls
from snakes.
Cold water chilled
with snakes.
Cold ice cream chilled
with snakes.
Cold-hearted bastards
and snakes.
Needing a cold shower but getting
a snake.
Everything with snakes.

Cool tattoos,
cool hairdos,
cool kids’ names,
cool songs for the guitar,
all involving snakes.

I told her that we could also build a large pit
for to place all the caudillo world leaders in.
We could put all the heads of State in there
with snakes
where they can chill.
They’d be in there with snakes
till they can produce solutions
to climate change, poverty
starvation, human rights abuses,
homelessness, inequality,
pollution, and war.

Once done, they may come out and have a beer with us.

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Las Vegas Dark Sandwiches Release

Dark Sandwiches book release was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct 19th, 2016. I think I didn’t take enough pictures. Anyway, here’s a few.

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MY OWN NATION now has Dark Sandwiches

Las Vegas’ most kicking band, MY OWN NATION, let us into their rehearsal and for doing so relieved Dark Sandwiches–part of the Dark Sandwiches release held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oct. 19th, 2016.

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