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Ogoego By Ricky Garni
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OGOEGO working titled as LET THE LITTLE SILVER MAN CARRY YOUR GRAVY, but a fortuitous trip to Manhattan & then to midtown and then to an art gallery and then to a Bloody Mary and then to the... More > Lego Store armed with a camera resulted in an image that demanded to be made into a title and that the title demanded to adorn a book – but this really turned out to be good news. God Bless the Brains of Lego for what they do and Lego Pieces for what they are ... I believe they were originally made by the Vikings.< Less
The X–Y Letters By Ricky Garni
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At first these letters said "Dear X" until I realized that as with math, X often is a variable. "Love, Y" they read at first, until I realized the very same thing could be said... More > about Y. Perhaps the solution, just beyond my grasp right now, lies somewhere inside of a Z. Nevertheless, I removed all the letters that didn't make words, except A and I.< Less
Divisive Potatoes By Ricky Garni
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I grew up in the perfect era (ca 1950's late through '60's) when aliens just seemed like goodness and you could see this goodness on fuzzy black and white TVs upstairs in the guest room while Mom and... More > Dad enjoyed a pleasant highball and a chat. This goodness and this goodness alone (well, with a tiny bit of badness, as with a highball) is what I try to achieve in the poems contained herein: lighter than air, crisp and refreshing, salty and snacky, but gravitas-y with meaning and good cheer and a thought that is not always passing but occasionally so. (Note: this book is dedicated to the Billboard Top Hundred Songs of 1971: listing included herein. In such a year as this, even #100 is a keeper.)< Less
Pinky Embrace By Ricky Garni
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The 2015 poetry rev (Rev 2.015) contains many of the signature moves you might expect from Crispy: fancy foreign phrases, so-so ponderous philosophical enigmas, unbridled name-dropping in the extreme... More > (Van Gogh and Henry James come right to mind), squiggly lines, Melba toast, the immortal Ford Pinto, Conrad Veidt and a variety of tasty chocolate desserts. Yet something new this year is apparent before you open the book: an illustration, a real one, by a wonderful young artist: Gus Svara. And once inside, you will discover the absence of a table of contents, and the addition of a much more sensible and handy Index in the back. So now when you want to read a poem that contains the word "UGH" or "amuse-bouche" (fancy foreign phrase) don't start at the beginning: start at the end! And please, continue on, in whatever cockamamie fashion you care to. We don't make the rules here, we just break them. Enjoy this rev, because, honest – this rev's for you. Happy reading, The Author FEH5313< Less
Jiggle Fest By Ricky Garni
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A collection of several hundred (who's counting?) super brief works that fall somewhere between the essay and the ditty, as unregulated and ambiguous as not only its chosen title, but its unchosen... More > titles as well, including but not limited to BUBBLE WRAP ABS, NEITHER BUTTER NOR MILK and THE PINKY EMBRACE. Then the committee settled, finally, and most likely for good, and here we have it, JIGGLE: "They told me that they will always freshly smoke their pork for their barbecue sandwiches, but the last time I went there, the restaurant was gone and there was a vacant field with a bunch of birds in it that were singing" - I write and then I just keep walking. It is almost like being in the woods, with leaves.< Less
The Sea of Kicking Legs By Ricky Garni
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The traditional October to October Poetry Jaunt ends this year in June–why not? Prose has been knocking at the door for a while, and let's see who's there when we answer it. In the meantime,... More > herein you can expect the tried and try awful Italian restaurants, bats that make you happy, Robin Hood meeting the school bus, Rock Hudson jubilantly climbing the Rockies, and sundry wistful notes and adieux to disappearing friends where love might be lost but sure as shinola is not forgotten.< Less
HEY By Ricky Garni
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Lunar fingernails and Eliot Ness has a pun for a wife. Saved by a man that only looks like Walter Matthau and donuts named after elegant British tea services. Funeral suits with bullet holes and New... More > York City becomes a woodwind instrument. Pat Sajak answers in Spanish and lessons on how to spell the wind. All of this, and anything beyond it, dedicated now and for good to the eternal memory of the gentle Faye Hunter.< Less
Wander By Ricky Garni
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I WONDER If someday English will run out of words and they will duplicate all the words and divide them in two dipping half of them into chocolate cream shape accent marks and add them back to the... More > old words and make them new again< Less
My Favorite Fifteen Presidents By Ricky Garni
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MY FAVORITE FIFTEEN PRESIDENTS is simply the most I can say about the American Presidents without going over my word limit of, say, 50 words or dealing with anything of import or anything political... More > whatsoever, unless, with for example Abraham Lincoln, love is political. This is a restriction that can be a challenge, at times. And that's why I avoided, say, Ronald Reagan and George Washington in MY FAVORITE FIFTEEN PRESIDENTS. I did, however, as I mentioned before, mention Abe Lincoln, but only when he was going to bed, and only at the end of the book.< Less
HEY, THE FILET By Ricky Garni
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More FILET than HEY, this work is the abbreviated prime of its heftier HEY brethren. Think of it as a more portable, yet equally potable venture into the world that 2013 presented, with all its glory... More > stars, buttercream fabrications, and mal mots, tastily proffered and happily given.< Less