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NaHaiWriMo Days 11-14

February 14 – pulling taffy

boardwalk nights
saltwater taffy
and skeeball

 

February 13 – the little store on the corner

summer break
pork roll, egg, and cheese
and malted milkshakes

 

February 12 – the button at the top of a baseball cap

swatting greenheads — ouch! baseball cap leaves a welt

 

February 11 – Pilsner glasses

empty Pilsner glass–clouds all day

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Pulp Consumption: Get Out

Have you seen Jordan Peele’s GET OUT? You should.

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Get-Out-movie-song

By now I have to imagine anyone who loves horror movies has seen Get Out, so it’s probably preaching to the choir at this point, but if for some reason you’ve skipped over this film you are doing yourself a serious disservice. Seriously, stop reading now and just go watch the movie.

Are you still here? If so, I’m going to assume you’ve watched the film, so beware spoilers below.

Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington

It would be stupid not to discuss the popularity of Jordan Peele as a comedy writer and sketch actor, especially where it comes to his frequent collaborator Keegan Michael Key (if you watched the Super Bowl, you saw Key in at least two commercial breaks, and I’m sure you recognize him from character actor roles all over the place).  If you’ve ever watched any of the Key and Peele sketch show, you have no…

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NaHaiWriMo Day 10

February 10 – Indian cotton shirts

winter storm
my cat nestled deep
in cotton t-shirts

NaHaiWriMo Day 9

February 9 – beating the heat

winter wind
the poet longs for sand
and sweet tea

NaHaiWriMo Day 8

February 8 – paintbox

phthalo blue–her eyes and the midnight ocean

NaHaiWriMo Day 7

February 7 – wrapped in a quilt, watching a meteor shower
 
freezing rain
headlights can be meteors
if you squint

NaHaiWriMo Day 6

February 6 – cutting the lawn

summer’s end
the hum of yellowjackets
lost to the lawnmower roar

NaHaiWriMo Day 5

February 5 – listening to the radio

Garden State Parkway–
Slipknot
and middle fingers

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NaHaiWriMo

National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) is going on right now. Short poems for a short month. Check out the NaHaiWriMo Facebook page for more information. I’ll be posting my haiku here as well as on Facebook. Here’s a catch up for the first 4 days.

February 1 – biting into a taco

bhut jolokia
my words still burn
on my tongue


February 2 – railroad ties

northeast corridor
stapled together
by creosote and iron


February 3 – Greek coffee

black and bitter
coffee grounds settle for hours
winter night


February 4 – cream cheese with chives

my bagel lands
cream cheese side down —
six more weeks of winter

Pulp Appeal: Ursula K. Le Guin

RIP Ursula K. Le Guin

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8357065748_b1efcfaf20_oUrsula Le Guin in 2013.
Image CC-BY K. Kendall.

This article has been harder to write than I anticipated. That’s not just because Ursula K. Le Guin was an important writer, but because I realize that I have been remiss in my reading of her work.

First, she’s not a pulp writer. Her fiction is very definitely in the realm of socially and politically aware, deliberately composed to advance social agendas alongside the entertainment factor. I was not and am not always amenable to that. I tend to find much of that sort of writing to be polemical and I’m usually not interested in too much polemics when I’m reading for fun. That said, her work is important in the grand scheme of science fiction and fantasy, and for that she deserves accolades.

Le Guin’s work is unquestionably feminist. The modern intersectional feminist movement may not always agree because Le…

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