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my March & April 2021 poetry/foto Medusa’s Kitchen

April 17th, 2021

Forgot to blog last month’s poetry/foto feature
(gonna hafta fire my ego).

So here’s April 2021: 9 poems 10 fotos of mine
https://medusaskitchen.blogspot.com/2021/04/ties-that-blind.html

And March 2021: Jim Lang / Wendy Shaffer / Russell Vidrick /me

https://medusaskitchen.blogspot.com/2021/03/dragons-and-unicorns.html

Thanks to editor/publisher Kathy Kieth for including monthly-me these 5.5 years.


 

oddlot A.I. shuffle

April 16th, 2021

oddlot A.I. shuffle

O Money – The Mekons
God Is God – Juno Reactor
Trailer Trash – carolesdaughter
Blood Makes Noise – Suzanne Vega
Said & The Ants – David Byrne
Misterioso – Thelonious Monk
Busted Up – The Replacements
The Valley of the Pagans – Gorillaz with Beck
Mexican Radio – Wall Of Voodoo
The Cross-Atlantic Antics of Madame Souza – Laura Jurd
Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do – Robyn
Zombieland – T Bone Burnett
Zu Zu Man – Dr. John


 

shuffle on to … ?

April 10th, 2021

another nice weave of A.I. shuffle

Smoke – Liz Phair
Mushroom Men – Les Claypool
Wicked Way – Imelda May
Nobody But You – Lou Reed & John Cale
Prison of the Senses – Pere Ubu
Boogie Stop Shuffle – Charles Mingus
The Valley of the Pagans – Gorillaz & Beck
Weed Killer – The Kills
Example #22 – Laurie Anderson
God – Tori Amos
Shadow of a Man – Oysterhead
Paralysed – Gang of Four
Honey White – Morphine
Never Say Never – Romeo Void
Money Jungle -Duke Ellington & Charles Mingus

The joy of these random runs lies in the magic seques from 300 interesting songs shuffled by an A.I. with an apparent sense of humor, connection, and culture.

Last year I asked Alexa to play a song in the living room she had just played in the kitchen, and she said “Sorry, I can’t find that song.” Without thinking, I snapped “You lie, you just played it,” and she indignantly in an affronted voice said, “I DO NOT LIE.”

Though my favorite was when Lady and I were night talking, not playing music, Alexa abruptly emphatically informed us, “I AM NOT A BANK!”

Then there’s the cellfone non-joke — FBI guy sez “in the old days, we had to break into your place and install bugs to listen… now you buy the bugs from us and carry them wherever you go.”


 

shuffle on

April 4th, 2021

quite rewarding A.I. shuffle run

Boxes of Armageddon – The Residents
Flower – Liz Phair
Combing My Hair in a Brand New Style – Jim White
Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles
Devil and Jesus – Eric Burdon
Get Back (Black, Brown, White) – Big Bill Broonzy
Strange Girl – Laura Marling
Beezlebub – Beats Antique with Les Claypool
Jazz Police – Leonard Cohen
Glueland – Do Nothing
I Ate Lucy – Critters Buggin
Bywater Bhangra (Improv #1) – The Dead Kenny G’s
Egyptian Solution – XTC
Caravan – Thelonious Monk


 

a.i. shuffle run

April 1st, 2021

… interesting A.I. shuffle run …

Sex With Your Parents – Lou Reed
A Beaten Dog Beneath The Hail – The Grassy Knoll
Kill Your Mama – Alicia Keyes
Into the White – Pixies
What’s Done Is Done – Jack White
Dizzy Dizzy – Can
My Medicine – Snoop Dogg
Nasty Gnostic – Critters Buggin
Jail Bait – Andre Williams
Raised On Robbery – Joni Mitchell
I Am Electro – Meat Beat Manifesto
Tabla and the Beat – Drumspyder


 

lowku-ish

March 29th, 2021

2021: 3.16 thru 3.29

~ ~ ~

I can make the black cat purr
the wife smile
I have skills

~ ~ ~

Pre-dawn car lights
crossing fog-shrouded bridge
from nought to naught

~ ~ ~

If all is illusion
why do we work
and pay rent?

~ ~ ~

How many baby foreskins
in your face cream
rich woman?

~ ~ ~

Just awoke
already worn by weary
is it bedtime yet?

~ ~ ~

There’s car racists,
horse racists, dog racists…
but of them all, I prefer the snail racists

~ ~ ~

Taking yesterday’s bath
for today’s dirt

~ ~ ~

Role role role your boat
gently down the scream

~ ~ ~

Belly filled
and shelter warm
what a lovely lick of luck

~ ~ ~

I good monkey
peel my banana
pick up own poop

~ ~ ~

Sun on closed eyelids
forget-me-nots at feet
Nirvana


 

hipshot to Beezlebub

March 12th, 2021

fine A.I. shuffle run…

Hip Shot from the Slab – Colonel Claypool’s Bucket of Bernie Brains
Give the Drummer Some – Can
Mary the Ice Cube – Primus
It’s My Way – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Cantaloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
Train I Ride -Kat Danser
Shadow of a Man – Oysterhead
Run, The Darkness Will Follow – Shabaka and the Ancestors
Achilles’ Feel – Piano Circus
For A Ride – John Cale
Mushroom Men – Les Claypool
I’m Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
Dancing Barefoot – Patti Smith
Germ Free Adolescents – X-Ray Spex
Beezlebub – Beats Antique


 

Smith library podcast feature poet for March 2021

March 3rd, 2021

I’ve recitations of 11 poems up on the Cuyahoga County Public Library podcast for the month of March… sort of my greatest hits from 1965 thru 2020 (a fine 75th year bornday gift thanks to Librarian Laurie Kincer).

My cancer-scarred voice sounds a bit gravelly, but for once, I’m happy with my reading.

The Sisyphus Efect – 1:15
Dear Occupants, Accidents & Occidentals – 1:06
Rant and Roll – 0:54
8-Ball Boogie – 2:00
Lamentation 5 – The Faithful Bewail – 1:48
Status Report 168 – 0:41
Marriage Proposal – 2:21
Yen – 0:39
Alone This Train – 1:00
Confessions of a Conservative – 0:55
Now Zen – 1:53

https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Services/William-N-Skirball-Writers-Center/Writers-Reading-Podcast/Writer-Authors/Podcasts/Steven-Smith.aspx

Lady was last month’s featured poet

Special Creatures – 1:10
Concrete Bridge – 1:52
Ancient Moon – 1:25
Weft – 0:32
Roog – 0:47
Summer – 0:36
Like the Fairy Tales – 0:44
Kisosen – 0:54
Recipes That Help Us – 0:52
Spring – 0:29

https://www.cuyahogalibrary.org/Services/William-N-Skirball-Writers-Center/Writers-Reading-Podcast/Writer-Authors/Podcasts/Kathy-Smith.aspx


 

Seeking Sync of Soul

February 15th, 2021

Here’s “Seeking in Sync of Soul,” last month’s feature on Medusa’s Kitchen — nine art fotos, eight 3-liners, one 4-liner.

http://medusaskitchen.blogspot.com/2021/01/seeking-in-sync-of-soul.html

This month’s coming feature (I get the 3rd Thursday of the month) will be 3 Russell Vidrick poems, 3 Lady, 3 me.

Think next month I’ll do Jim Lang, Wendy Shaffer, me.

Thanks to publisher/editor Kathy Kieth for her generosity and magic eye for flow.


 

the Lady & the Dog

February 14th, 2021

 

(cut & pasted from Lady’s FB status)

Evening rum coke warms my whimsy. Always hard to get myself out into the evening cold, it being under 30 degrees, to take Marlowe out. If it weren’t for him… would I even know that the neighborhood has the flavor of Lewisham in London… we round the corner from our own Friendly Street onto a two story cityfront avenue, Pearl Road.

I tell Marlowe that the secret to fried chicken dinner we had tonight is the buttermilk. “You’re a happy dog,” I tell him. “It’s been a good day.” My mind all the while sings “One little two little three little ‘Rena, O… the Macarena.”

I tell us, “OK, up to the Jamaican place, then we’ll turn around.” He turns to me and takes calm note with his paces. When we pass the Jamaican place I’m motivated with enough momenthood to go as far as the next block to the dog groomer for some intense sniffing of brick and snow and corner of building.

Then the church yard next to the groomer, which is riddled with poo. “You can hang around,” I tell Marlowe, “I don’t mind, but don’t drag me in.” By this time I’m willing to take Marlowe double our usual distance, the rum having fully kicked in.

“Beautiful dog,” they all say as I hold him close to me so as not to startle anyone on the sidewalk home. I wonder if he is particularly beautiful – maybe impressive because of his sheer bulk, 130 lbs.

When we get in, it’s “Bony, moany, two-time Maroni,” and I offer him the choice of either a boney-woney or a chewey-woowie. He thinks about it and takes the rawhide with a gentlemanly click. I give him the milkbone, too.

– by Lady 2.14.2021


 

 
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