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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
VIA By Ricky Garni
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VIA is a book in transit that travels between two small places and includes as much as it can, while never neglecting to eat a sound meal. By sound meal I mean of course potatoes, sweet peas just... More > like the song, ol' man strawberries, chocolate covered coconuts and the mangos of Mao. It also poses the conundrum: do omelettes taste better when spelled 'omelet'? Not surprisingly, VIA does not solve this conundrum. Of conundrums, it seldom does. But it certainly likes to pose with them.< Less
Wowed by Lard By Ricky Garni
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This book contains the following words: kennel, murder, cigars, seahorses, volleyball, pinstripe, nutmeg, knee-slapping, hand-tinted, fez, 440, splendid, fudge, butterknife, fervent desires, moose,... More > divorce, krinkle, mermaid, giant peach, gumball, mandrake, goddamn it, sweet potatoes, raviolum - as well as the following proper nouns: Wood Argus, Abraham Lincoln, McDonalds, Budweiser, Peter Lorre, Merv Griffin, Crisco, Ivy, Aunt Trudy, Carnation Instant Breakfast, Oobleck, Chateau Beaucastel and of course, Anne Fishbein.< Less
10022 By Ricky Garni
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10022 is the winter completion of the writings and letters of 2017. I mean, my writings and letters. In fact, I really like letters a lot these days, not mine necessarily, but letters and of course... More > postcards are the best, especially the old ones which can be so tender. There is something so sad and wonderful about someone describing the weather in San Francisco on one sunny June day to someone in Virginia when you think “Does anyone remember this day? This postcard? This person?” Someone does, and that’s the wonderful part: it is not us and we will never know. Will we?< Less
Radishes By Ricky Garni
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This latest work is far more casual in content than in times past, including letters not originally intended for publication, but upon review, the author thought: Why the hell not? Beyond the... More > epistolaries, lotsa food, which is more usual, including but not limited to chocolate, pancakes, waffles, Milky Ways, sweet potatoes (or yams if you prefer), fish and plastic fish, Fizzies, Potassium Citrate, mangos, pizza, piazzas and chukkas, the latter of which you can only eat at times of extreme stress, but why you would do that, I don't know. If you know, send me a note. My address is: Ricky @ 105 Fidelity Street Apt. B-35 Carrboro, North Carolina 27510. Don't forget to include the apartment number. The mailman can get really testy if there is no apartment number listed.< Less
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