Mink of the Tangerine Oncoming by De Villo Sloan. How delightfully scrambled shades of red can warble when mixed with a kind of pulp-fiction old movie poster and garrulous words. Free Verse in action.
Somehow, I’m going with Christopher Smart and a turn at Mr Potters asylum and a change from curable to incurable. I know I may be talking in code, but this is what this work appears to be to me, “As I recline upon an ornate throne of adobe”.
Smart was all alone, except for the company of his cat Jeoffrey. (Left hand page, top right image). This part is pure speculation - while in the asylum for the mentally insane, Smart was visited by a tribe of originals who taught him all he would need to know if ever his plane crashed and he landed in the middle of a south American jungle. Including tips on how to become a midwife known as Mrs Mary Midnight. That’s what happens when your father-in-law thinks you’re mad. Jeepers life can suck as Jack Smart.
“For my mink writes his book in prison”.
“For Eighthly he rubs himself against a post.
For Ninthly he looks up for his instructions.
For Tenthly he goes in quest of food”
Is substituted for
"For my mink’s tail conducts the bandaged orchestra
For my mink enters the maelstrom possessed by telesthesia
For my mink lets saliva growl",
Words which create the bizarre, evoking dream images – anaphora which emotionally culminate in
“The prelude vanishes when the sleeper emits a red herring".
Thank you De Villo for this (being Book 1 of) - as you said somewhere - publishing ones own books is the way to go - although its bigger than the rest (and why on earth not!) - for certain its entering the library - EVERYONE needs a Tangerine Oncoming after all :-).
From Cuan Miles (South Africa)
Remember when we were young (????) and we had those books that everyone wrote messages in and little sayings and/or drew pictures in at the end of the school year? Or maybe it was just a girl thing, but ANYWAY!! Cuan has taken one of those and made it into a PINK book. This made him very surprised. But you know, books can be VERY dictatorial!
And in the end? You KNOW the shoes are for dancing, not for running away.
But you know this is a guy's book because - I quote: (from the book)
"Theres a bluebird in my heart
that wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there,
I'm not going to let anybody see you" (Charles Bukowski) - he of "I have one of two choices – stay in the post office and go crazy ... or stay out here and play at writer and starve. I have decided to starve" fame. Pink with a touch of blood.
Cuan - thank you VERY much for your addition. You're not a bulls supporter? I don't know anyone who is :-)))!
Tangerine and Pink.
MAN! They go well together.