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Valentines & Vitriol
Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be,
you can get there from here.
Hollywood is a four-letter town,
stranger music, the road,
they still love me in Altoona.
Loser take all, a dreadful man--
it’s only a movie,
it’s always something;
climbing the mountain,
frozen in time,
and the mountains echoed,
life after life; change lobsters
and dance, war dances;
where God put the West,
last of the breed,
the toughest Indian in the world,
part-time Indian, Lone Ranger
& Tonto fistfight in heaven,
Indian killer, reservation blues,
no country for old men,
sombrero fallout, the longest ride,
all the pretty horses.
Here, bullet, why stop?
Journey of souls,
the guns at last light
between man and beast.
Mockingbird, wish me luck,
joyland, doctor sleep, flight,
stiff, big bad love;
the cat in the hat,
the girl who kicked the hornet’s nest.
the favorite game--
Ulysses, the understudy,
the hawkline monster,
the fault in our stars.
Posted over at dVerse Poets FFA
Today we are challenged to write Spine Poetry, looking at your own library and
using the book titles to create poetics; quite the prompt. My title is by Rex Reed;
other authors include Leonard Cohen, Woody Allen, Charles Bukowski, Louis
Lamour, Cormac McCarthy, Richard Brautigan, Shirley MacLaine, Sherman
Alexie, Lili Palmer, Daryl Ponicson, Simone Signoret, Brain Aherne, George
Burns, Alfred Hitchcock, Gilda Radner, Kirk Douglas, James Joyce, Larry
Brown, Steig Larrson, Dr. Seuss, Stephen King, Brian Turner, and Nicholas
Would you like to hear the author read this Spine Poetry to you?