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watch your step…

This poet always frames the truth in his poems.

Read Between the Minds

this path
isn’t paved
with
cobblestones
but
the skulls
of those
who walked
before you
laying down
their lives
so you
might have a chance
to travel
towards
freedom
even with
so many sacrifices
the path
narrows
and
is obscured
by
hate
and
ignorance

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September 14, 2019 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

man not nature…

Sometimes I think humanity needs to be gone. Look at how our
environment is crumbling. All in the name of money.

Read Between the Minds

it’s not wildfires
but state-sponsored arson so
there’ll be no arrests

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August 30, 2019 at 8:40 pm Leave a comment

funeral arrangements…

My friend has a thought about death and our society.

Read Between the Minds

there will be no more graves
there are
far too many bodies
to
bury
and
burning
seems
unreasonable
with
our air quality
just as
shooting them
into
space
is not an option
hell
we already
have
more than enough
space junk
to
come
raining down
upon us
it
really
just leaves us
with
chemical baths
to
dissolve
the dear ones
there will of course
be
the legal battles
to
fight
with
environmentalists
who will claim
mankind
will be harmed
by
the residue
in
the water supply
and
then they will offer
the
absurd proposal
that
we
stop
war

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August 26, 2019 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

a new staging…

My poet friend has come up with a great comparison.

Read Between the Minds

Jean-Michel Moreau [Public domain]

in this
interminably
drawn-out production
of
lust for power
and
human greed
the part
of
doctor pangloss
is played
by
the entire
us senate
the grand inquisitor
is played
by
moscow mitch
the part
of
mynheer vanderdendur
is
a shared role
by
members
of
the presidential cabinet
the part
of
the baron
is
played
by
the president himself
and
of course
the role
of
candide
is played
by
the american public

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August 18, 2019 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

Fragment(s): Monday Maps and Diagrams (Science Fiction) 7/15/19: Greg Bear’s Hegira (1979)

Science fiction fans, this is a site worth exploring.

Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

Today’s installment of Monday Maps and Diagrams returns to a recent acquisition of mine—a signed copy of Greg Bear’s first published novel Hegira (1979), which seems to be a Riverworld and Ringworld inspired read involving the discovery of the nature of an unusual world…

I’m impressed with the simple effectiveness of Greg Bear’s map—created by his own hand (citation bottom right corner). The ocean is nicely indicated as are the rivers and regions (and of course, the unusual wall in the far north–one of the story’s many mysteries).

Enjoy! And, as always, comments are welcome and appreciated!

For my recent acquisition post which included novel’s plot blurb and discussion in comment section about the Greg Bear’s early works, click here.

Citation: Greg Bear’s own map for the Dell 1st edition of Hegira (1979), Greg Bear.

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July 16, 2019 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

as seen on city streets…

My friend nailed it again.

Read Between the Minds

as i entered
the
post office
i saw
the
brown bag prophet
mailing
a business envelope
he
said
i’m gonna
propose
a new show
for
the black
entertainment network
i want them
to
seriously
think about
my
humble
proposal
for
a program
called
wait
wait
don’t
shoot me

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July 8, 2019 at 1:26 am Leave a comment

Book Review: Secret Rendezvous, Kobo Abe (1977, trans. 1979)

I cannot convey how important an article like this is to me.
It is, to me, important to remember past authors, no matter the genre.

I love the history of writers. Their efforts deserve to be remembered.

Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

(Tadanoi Yokoo’s cover for the 1979 edition)

5/5 (Masterpiece)

In Kobo Abe’s Secret Rendezvous (1977, trans. 1979) the hospital lies like a recumbent body, leaking fluids through its membranes and undefined in its expansiveness, across the urban landscape. Within its labyrinthine interior, humans (agents of “disease”) animate various functions of the hospital for their own purposes–some sinister, some scientific, some sinisterly scientific. The hospital body lurches and vibrates with the sounds of its doctors and orderlies as they rewire the building’s organs and nerves in order to experiment on themselves and their patients. Within this veritable entity lacking a functional guiding agent, a harrowing, existential, and surreal Freudian mystery unfolds.

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March 28, 2019 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

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