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f**k s**t b***h

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

13 shuffle songs in which our A.I. Alexa won’t say certain words . . . she’ll say instead “My [silence] [silence] Up’. However Google Assistant does say the words Alexa censors.

My Shits Fucked Up – Kinky Friedman
Fuck That Guy – The Dirty Knobs
Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do – Robyn
Fuck and Run – Liz Phair
Fuck Your Acid Trip – Modest Mouse
Fuck All The Perfect People – Chip Taylor & The New Ukrainians
Fuck With Sad Girls – Bonnie Whitmore
Sex with Your Parents (Motherfucker) Part II – Lou Reed
Never Fuck A Spider On The Fly – Modest Mouse
Bitches Brew – Miles Davis
Wide Wide River (of Shit) – The Fugs
I’m Not Your Mother, I’m Not Your Bitch – Courtney Barnett
My Shit’s Fucked Up – Warren Zevon

Warren Zevon wrote My Shit’s Fucked Up after discovering he had cancer.


from The Designated Mourner

Friday, July 30th, 2021

*If you look at the world . . . most people in it are the ones we can only refer to, rather nervously and gingerly, by means of those terribly melodramatic and almost hysterical words like “wretched,” “miserable,” “unfortunate,” “desperate,” “powerless,” “poor.” . . . And these particular people — and, you know, God knows why — well, they just don’t like us. They don’t like us. They simply don’t like us. So it’s not hard to see what will happen one day.*

– from The Designated Mourner,” a play by actor / playwright / director Wallace Shawn


shuffle humor

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

sometimes shuffle has sense of humor

Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles
Eternal Consumption Engine – Primus
Tried to Be a Man – Rickie Lee Jones
Dig, Lazarus, Dig – Nick Cave
My Brain – Mose Allison
Johnny – Suicide
Misterioso – Thelonious Monk
Church of Anthrax – John Cale & Terry Riley
I’d Rather Be a Devil – Guadalupe Plata
Know Your Rights – The Clash
Mother Tongue – Dead Can Dance
Friction – Television
My Shit’s Fucked Up – Kinky Friedman
Walking Into Battle With The Lord – Chumbawamba



Thursday, June 17th, 2021


~ ~ ~

Day is rock
life is hill
wife keeps me going

~ ~ ~

I know the status quo
wife above
husband below

~ ~ ~

My flesh
my bone
what’s me?

~ ~ ~

Good bad
bad good
that’s life

~ ~ ~

soft slow sun
park bench heaven

~ ~ ~


my May Medusa

Monday, June 7th, 2021

I quite like my May feature on Medusa’s Kitchen — 9 poems, 10 fotos.

This isn’t always the case since I submit them a month before they appear, and I’m not always happy when I read them 4 weeks later.

Publisher/editor Kathy Kieth’s blurb is much appreciated as well:

“Our thanks to Steven Smith for rocking our poetry world today with his sounds and senses (dogs piss, rocket hiss, cricket creep, frog peep)! Poetry is about the music of words, and Steven is definitely a composer who knows all about that. Thanks again, Smith, for the melodies and rhythms of your poetry and visuals.”

68 features so far – 563 poems, 596 fotos, 32 songs.


all day I face the barren waste without the taste of water

Monday, June 7th, 2021
They’re fixing a hole gushing water in our one-block dead-end street, and turned our water off with no warning. I drove out and got 3 gallons of water, and the street was closed when I got back, so parked and walked in. It looks to be at least an all day thing. I feel helpless relying on civilization for water, food, electricity – pretty much none of which I can supply myself. Felt this way ever since Hurricane Sandy cut off our electricity mid-winter 9 years ago and we sat in cold uncertaintly for 24 hours.
“Only a pawn in their game.”
On the other hand, water and electric folk seem to be adept at getting things working again, so I’ll make myself another cup of strong coffee using store-bought water and wait, hoping the toilet holds up.


select shuffle

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

select shuffles…

Bad Woman Blues – Beth Hart
I Asked for Water (He Gave Me Gasoline) – Lucinda Williams
God & the FBI – Janis Ian
Hell on Heels – Pistol Annies
Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman
It’s My Way – Buffy Sainte-Marie
Woman – Susheela Raman
The Boy Can’t Help It – Bonnie Raitt
Down By The Water – PJ Harvey
Criminal – Fiona Apple
Dancing Barefoot – Patti Smith
This Is – Grace Jones
She Bop (slow acoustic) – Cindi Lauper
Blood Makes Noise – Suzanne Vega
Black Caffeine – Emmylou Harris
Strange Girl – Laura Marling
The Way I Talk – S. G. Goodman
Broken English – Marianne Faithful
4th & Vine – Sinead O’Connor
Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles
Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
Weed Killer – The Kills
Raised on Robbery – Joni Mitchell
Grow Mama Grow РDominique Fils-Aim̩
Devil’s Got Your Boyfriend – Tracy Bonham
Germ Free Adolescents – X-Ray Spex
Deep Dish – Ani Difranco
God – Tori Amos
Kill Your Mama – Alicia Keys
Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do – Robyn
Think Twice (Version X) – Lavern Baker
Trailer Trash – carolesdaughter
Tried To Be A Man – Rickie Lee Jones
Never Say Never – Romeo Void
Scary Latin Love Song – Mary Margaret O’Hara
Bad Kitty – Liz Phair
A Swamp Dog’s Tale – Goat Girl
Welcome to Hell – Hen Ogledd
You’re Dead – Norma Tanega
Indus – Dead Can Dance


flesh in the life lane

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

companion to Life in the Flesh Lane
and Life in the Smith Lane

Flesh in the Life Lane

There’s life before and after
laughter’s led to slaughter

so, gonna drink my coffee
smoke my dope
and go

it’s good to have a plan

can’t feel bad
just cuz bad people do bad things
and I can’t stop em
or teach em
or make em be one

especially with my past

besides, who’s looking who
down here in the zoo?

– Smith, 5.29.2021


my Dylan shuffle

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Dylans on my A.I. shuffle list

003 – Everything Is Broken
019 – Like A Rolling Stone
041 – Mozambique
042 – Someday Baby
043 – Things Have Changed
045 – Ballad of a Thin Man
058 – Desolation Row
066 – False Prophet
079 – Crossing the Rubicon
157 – One More Cup Of Coffee
158 – Thunder on the Mountain
161 – Highway 61 Revisited
282 – Lonesome Day Blues

previous Dylans on list

Beyond the Horizon
Beyond Here Lies Nothing
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
Down Along the Cove
Goodbye Jimmy Reed
Gotta Serve Somebody
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
Just Like A Woman
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
Most of the Time
Mr. Tamborine Man
My Own Version of You
Not Dark Yet
Positively 4th Street
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Spirit on the Water
Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
This Dream of You
To Be Alone With You


the between of women and men

Monday, May 24th, 2021

recent A.I shuffles

Fat Man – Beth Hart
They Come At Night – Marianne Faithful
Sideshow – Mary Gauthier
Give Me One Reason – Tracy Chapman
Lay Down (Udder Sounds acoustic edit) – Goat Girl
Wicked Way – Imelda May
Woman – Susheela Raman
Redondo Beach – Patti Smith
Never Say Never – Romeo Void
Kill Your Mama – Alicia Keys
Ain’t Nothin’ In Ramblin’ – Bonnie Raitt & Steve Freund
Fuck and Run – Liz Phair
God & the FBI – Janis Ian
Deep Dish – Ani Diranco
Hell on Heels – Pistol Annies
Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
Strange Girl – Laura Marling
Devil’s Got Your Boyfriend – Tacy Bonham
Scary Latin Love Song – Mary Margaret O’Hara
Black Caffeine – Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Free Man in Paris – Joni Mitchell
Tried to be a Man – Ricki Lee Jones
Hoochie Woman – Tori Amos
4th & Vine – Sinead O’Connor
Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles
Welcome to Hell – Hen Ogledd


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