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Peace and Other Stories

Fragments of a Formerly Active Sex Life

He dared, the muses said
by Julian X  /  poetry  /  3 Jul 2007

He sat in Barnes & Noble, writing in every book,

unbothered on the upholstered chair,

sipping his Starbucks;

perhaps he was high on adrenaline,

but I like to think it automatic writing.

He made it through FICTION / LITERATURE,

row by day,

day by row,

then moved on to POETRY.

They caught him halfway done w/ COMPUTERS,

            as if anyone cared anymore.

He'd already made his mark, literally,

across the ages.

But the police couldn't appreciate the irony

of this silent man, double chin, salt and pepper hair.

I wonder if they charged him for all the books in the store

or if he'd have begun again, the stock refreshed.

I thought he might be a professor,

            compulsively grading, little letters and qualifying lines

                     in crosses and horizons, his own fires ebbed.

But all the town had his manuscripts, the most famous,

unconventional, experimental writer I knew.

I saw him in town, later, wondered if he

was out on bail, on probation, or if

they'd let him go, wanting him senile,

hoping he'd die soon.

I thought of DuChamp

and asked for his autograph.

He coughed and walked away,

no time for his fans.

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The Annihilation of Longing:
He dared, the muses said
On Wordsworth and Romantic Assumptions about Poetry
Self-Exile as a Means of Preventing Prophecy
Objets de méditation
I Want a Girl Like Doctor Doom's
The Ape Cheers at the Bride's Vagina
l'Esprit évacué
But in Her Heart Suspects / And How Much He’d Like
le Carlin
God’s Five-Fingered Hand, American
Old Silt
A Post-Colonial Tea
Julian the Philosopher
Growing Chilies
The Problem with Such Self-Congratulation
Songs of Sadness 1
Songs of Sadness 2
Songs of Sadness 3
Songs of Sadness 4
Not a Song of Sadness
Songs of Sadness 5
Songs of Sadness 6
Songs of Sadness 7-9
Songs of Sadness 10
Unrealized Soulmate
Another Original
Letter to the Other Man