Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Richmond Sucks Less Than A Zombie Horde

One time something occurred, in the distance, maybe a dam burst, and the zombies came. Except they could talk and reason, they went door to door, asking questions. I was with a woman and her little girl when they came in. They had a dog. The little girl hid behind her mother, crying as quietly as she could without the dog hearing her. Later, I would put the dog in the corner of one of my paintings for Javier Tapia. One dog under the skin of another, blank eyes staring from behind empty socket flaps. A doberman snout protruding past the snout of a pitbull, barking at me.

Zombies Are Coming For the Brain of Debbie Kurtz

I wrote the screenplay in my head to keep from being afraid. They came out of the woods, they devoured people around me but there I was killing them and that made it better. It wasn’t killing, there’s no killing something that was dead before it got to you. It was heads exploding from birdshot, zombie heads popping off from my mighty samurai sword. Ha ha, are you not dead yet? Are you sure? It might’ve been you, too.

Richmond Sucks Less Than Tennessee

I’ll make sure they’ll never catch me, no they’ll never catch me, you know, maybe I don’t care if they do. There’s this place on my calf that can anticipate the bite. Well above the tendon, which is what they’ll be rooting for. No, it’s not them at all. It’s not the morbid obese I steer the cart past at the Walmart, nor the millions of chinamen manufacturing my Jeff Gordon signature aftershave, my Winnie the Pooh diapers, my various Git-R-Dun products, my music or my food. It’s me, ravenous and zombie, behaving oddly and somehow walking, trying to make it past the self-check out and back to the truck.

Crumbly 1.1

In the workshop, horrors loom jarward, grotesques, handsome and home-made; lobotomists turning handles, ocular cave-ins and whispers to the end. Outside the house paint peals scars to grayish skin beneath, beneath the teeth the scars loom outward, leaning at something, a thing. Through the window, metal tools, permanent burnish, gleam, through the dark, through, teeth, gleam.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

The Poisoned Mind

Just because you think it is over.

Doesn't mean I will ever let it stop.

Marching through virginia.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Centering 1.3

How disheartening the fence finally giving way. Your checkbook unbalanced and lying in a ditch of human waste, of wasting humans. Palsied trees over look this, they object but decently the way chimneys take on status after dark.
I’m un-centered, esp. after dark. Sometimes the power is on. I think of the shadows of me from the candles, signals.
I’ve coined new light. Tropisms of currency. Your straight and speckled waiving.
I go out in the dark but no matter where I’m standing I know there’s a camera looking over the shoulder of one of them, zeroing in on me.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Rationale 2.1

Still hungry, the monsters are getting on a bus! The whole mind is clustering around the school bus, yellow mind. Collective wit and fresh things, dumplings, ever-afters and soft soft oyster eyes.
A collective breeze issues from their lips. The drying faces watch each other too, for signs. I’m watching them all the while, I can’t stop laughing.
Some men come along and nail gun the slower ones to the house edge. A fine shingling. I don’t have the courage to be severe. The truth is we’re all afraid of reprisal. Of being accused degenerate. Of degenerating.

Rationale 1.1

I’m constructing myself a nice four footed rationale for why the world’s not ending. Grandma in her faded pink blouse is only half what she used to be, her bridge hand only ligature. She recognizes me still, I know.
Among the rest of the neighbors, no one has brought a dish. The currency of a society is someone always brings something to eat. That’d be me, I suppose. I’m so hungry I could eat my own hand.
The process is to very casually descend into stomach. There isn’t any reason why Zombies must eat living human flesh. Seems like a little putridity would be easier on the chew, esp. if your jaw wires are showing.
Grandma found her old oven mitt. I’m a little restored. Nice work, Mysterious Planet-Wide Zombification! Way to show your true colors.

Friday, November 18, 2005

I love you so much I'm going to eat your brain.

Get up Stand up

Trip Wires never work the way you want ‘em to. Them walking feet walk on, stepping on, haul over you, tree legs and fog horn gears, wrenching up to wrench you
Wrench you limbs.
Nice talking with you. You whisperer, you dissenter disintegrator
Taste the underside
The subconscious arbiter

I’ll deal you even,


Limbs in dreams reach for me more than sky.
I’m up high and wishing for a way down. The way down is every wish. The way back is not. The way back is through a childhood and the ghouls there are only imagined.
From up here I can see things going up. With a big bang the zombies go to pieces. They’re not dead, but without legs they can’t chase you.
Walking is an evolutionary luxury. Most species are restricted from casual behavior by predation.
I hope the cats don’t start turning zombie. I need some cuteness to cling to, a social mechanism to remain in identity. The apocalypse has even the trees drooping in post-living-re-animation.
I’m enamored of you pyrotechnical operations in the graveyard. Something relish-y in your bang-bang. I need that.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Meet the Poets

Inside my ear there’s a Snodgrass a-buzzing. Has been for years. Has been from Florida meet has-been from Tennessee. I’ll be in the basement drinking, you go walk the dog. Thank you verizon, thank you MSN. One will have a cigarette and one will not. We will rot together. Ha-ha hee hee with the kids and everything. Time for thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Somewheres North Carolina

There in the middle of the parking lot, the lone man in the white pick-up truck, the one who’s not sure where he is, that’s me.
The one who can’t decide which store to go into to ask for help, who can’t figure out how to put the help into a question that might be understood by say, the manager of Panera Bread Co.
Whose mind was reeling back on I-40 just minutes ago, but still able to drive, now a slow grinding nebulous with Ishmael in a white truck inside its eye.
Imagine the plight of the lone zombie, surrounded by real humans going to the bank machine, fighting with their kids outside Costco, almost wrecking each other at the four-way stop, honking and swearing.
He gets out and tries to walk it off, he vomits, he gets back in the truck, everyone who might be looking can see him and what he is. There is no possible way out of this.

guess who's coming to dinner

Once again thanks to Ms. Cakeyvoice of England.

Cruelty is a Verb

Hallow intrusions. The calcified ruin of your heart, its unfolding.
Your nutrition is forsaken. Mine organics in the isles of forgivenesses. The challenge to falling metal, the airliner’s dream of surrender.
All a-choke with patterned mistakes. Your grooming habits over take all other principles of decency. Foreboding like a night on the hotel balcony. Prayers to liquor and the vista ocean.
Occlusion and insight betray me. I sit on the floor at your coffee table and eat lintels and plain yogurt. Nothing hurts. I smoke a cigar. It’s cheap. I plan an exit down the rattan mat you use for sleeping. It’s obvious.
Night tempers. You throw off the cat from the bed and lurch oven ward. A dream of suicide. The problems of modern decadence. The oven is microwave. It would be gruesome, but it won’t run with the door open.
What meticulous ruin? The size of prevention. Think about putting the cat in there. Cruelty is a verb.

Zombie Dinner Guest

The towns are leaning in to catch glimpses of our failures, or to lean out of the smell.
Even still, how many months after the storm, the bodies are being pulled from the mud-rubble.
I’m in the rafters. They pour in, crusts of glances, gestured eyelids, peeling.
I don’t have your whispers. Your cares in the car horn. The fog makes everything new without snow. Without snow you drawl on a living out of careless boundaries.
They can’t see me but they collect. Wedged in the doorway like a mob to a concert.
I’m chorded in the sound of temperament. Your distemper. The diseases kill the dogs as fast as the Zombies do. As they do, they make speed out indifference. They’re coming to dinner.
Coming too.


Fronds, waiving cool air. I’m injected with praise. But your fingers push the button anyway. Noodlingly.
Small town social attire on a chimney nailed, queasy and prepared to assume your derision. Empty oak branches raise fingers to the heavens. Me and you imploring.
Decade’s decadent befuddlement I explode dreams made of acorn shells war with the upstairs squirrel, he climbs into the roof and roots into my dreams.
I apparel the scratching darkness with fingers of the dead. Zombie clone distemper and an aching in the toe.
I am all, in front of the TV, made of movies, of film scripts and detriment.
Embattled tide and sand clogging the pipe ways. In the drain near the window, I saw your pleading sponge. The dampness on your tightrope untickling us to fever. Chores and vestibules. Both are adequate hiding places when the dipping hand gets cheesy. Night, night, it’s crawling along the tree branch. The legs are wiry coming and leaving. I’m so afraid.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Agoraphilia 1.1

Dancing starlets in the cream. I’m severed by beauty this night. The watches hold strings in wheels of tenderness. Your clear cadence bestirs itself with hitching remedies. The night hiccoughing night birds and footsteps. The guests are permanent now unless we can reverse time. The whirly bird draws a renegade freak show just like to the mall that one time every Saturday night. Shop. Succor. Shop. Succor. Cadence my beloved.


Zombini. Next time interpretation crawls into the foreground shoot it in the head so it can’t keep trying to get you. Chorus of interpretation, likewise frontal specialties. I inebriate. The callous indiscriminate. The daisies in the window. The shop window.
This is good enough reason to carry a screwdriver with you in your front pocket for the rest of your life.

Re: Pennsylvania

Who was it who took you to the graveyard from the opening sequence? The first one, the one in black and white. Where you smoked dope and freaked out. Where the first zombie comes for the mourning widow. For no reason at all.

Did they leave you alone in the car? Romero never gave any reason for it in the first one, did he. Was it very far from Butler? Was it her husband? I can't remember.

Where did that tall black man go after they shot that picture? The hero. The one that should've made it with the pretty white girl. The one they left behind in the farm house. He slid into obscurity. Did he ride it down with liquor, with heroin back in a some real life slum back in Pittsburg?

Monday, November 14, 2005


It wasn't the priest it was the black folks it was all Romero's fault. The black folks left sick in the cellar. No it was the racism. Not the racism, it was the cops. The cops blew that black man's head off when he wasn't even dead. It was the black man they left behind in the farmhouse, at the end, the one that could have been Sidney Poitier in a better film. Remember? They came back for him, and he hed been left with the last zombie. What part of Pennsylvania was that in, is that farm house still there? It was Sidney Poitier, yes I know I spelling it wrong, who I saw and who saw me seeing him, walking by Union Square. Goddamit. I wish I could've had the presence of mind to thank him, to ask him what do they call you back in Philadelphia? So he could yell at me. They call me MR. TIBBS.

Claustrophobia 1.1

The Priest in the confessional fell ill with the bite when they cornered him there. Unaware really, the Priest took it as a confession and turned it into Unction.
They fell on him from the basement, migrant and poor, always the poor, the first to go, to come, cross over.
Christ was poor on the cross, resurrected. Church bells, happy circumstance.
Falling into the arms, mercy, always falling into the arms.
The Priest took the confession, gave a finger, some meat around the collar bone. Prescribed a rosary of teeth, pearly absolution, went out to do some missionary work.

Feeding Between Us

Your awful chromosome. I have enough of your blanking, stares.
Knife worthy throat, I’m a choice maker and them zombies come down to me and what amounts to another day of canned beans.
Go out then, you. Walk the plank. Into the drink and the drinking. Sweat meat.
Petrified. You’re no match for survival. In the ringworm of days, the count survives. The count survives.
Wind. And then cold. Nope. Nothing, just cold. The field and some rotten view. No one’s coming. Forget it. On your own. Compromise. The vessel in the air. No one’s coming. And the cross up there just looms.
End of it. The water in the street, the gully. An eternity with no one but them. They rot longer. You look down the street and see a knife edge. I got nothing for it. The tempo, temperature.
The fissure’s not in my brain. I’m thinking when you stroke, you die and come back. Then it’s alright for me to kill you. I love you.
I can’t stand for this. In the city they have bridges. Here we look across and know the gully’s armed, really armed with grabbing fingers.
Why don’t they just rot. How do they keep coming on, surviving. I’m counting them and they don’t get less. Get less.
I’m across from the zombie in my dream. He’s in the field and in my dream. I realize they both conceptualize experience. The place and the rotting of place. I’m afraid of the brain fizzing.
I walk on in this fear. Down the street. I walk across the gully indifferent to the indifferent, ignoring.
Street lights go on and off and stay so because they are told to. My meat brings stares which I ignore. I’m fashion finally and you are about to walk, to walk.
This can of beans puts us at odds. The smell of your shit in the corner, at odds. Go in the damn bucket and toss. There’s no shame after the resurrection. Heaven on earth again. The unknowing killing the unknowing for food.

No TV, No Beer

Fingers on the glass tick in my clock the eternal nighttime, the countdown of distant days. The world has stopped spinning. The TV is lonely static. We are surprised there’s still electricity, the occasional airplane, hope. There is a knife on the kitchen table reflecting light and empty sound from the upstairs windows, unboarded.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Disabled by Fruit

Disabled by fruit and fullness, the pure husk of a papered day molds to dull. Ancient birds resolve the dark. Soft replies from a whimpering. Clouds roam over the surface of a puddle in an empty alley. Soon the stumbling feet will invade my thinking. I’m thinking against them. Trying to sleep near a window, a simple window, my pulse betrays resolve. Lying awake in a cool room following the sounds of footsteps as they search. Soft fingers and torments mellow me. The puddle breaks with rain.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Nothing bad ever happens in the kitchen

11/13-#1 Outside the parking lot there was an open field with a house in the middle of it. I can’t remember if it was Raleigh or Richmond or somewhere else, just that it was a Dead concert and we were smoking pot near it. I think I was tripping. No paint, no windows, no grass around the porch. Dirt packed from generations of bare feet running over it. It had one tree, we’ll say it was an oak. For years I’ve been chased into this house, a dozen of the slow ones following here and there through the tall grass. It could be February and steel grey, it could be night with the lights from the parking lot glaring through it. It could be Pennsylvania. In the parlor someone’s guts spilled out and the party shrieked. I once climbed into the attic while the first floor filled up with shuffling feet. The kitchen is the same as my grandmother’s in Chattanooga. Nothing bad ever happens in the kitchen.


Mitochondria cooling the darkening child with prayer. The smile is yellowing wood on a rotting frame, feild, house, shadow of bright day. Gray sunflower teeth. In fear I am devout as a church window, devout as pain and stars. A cloth of hair folded over mimics the wave of flower in the wind. Fruit falls from the tree with each plodding beat, already rotten. Unspeakably the day yellows into dark hair.
11/8-#2 When they get me and my mind goes green and I wake back up, I won’t join the horde, oh no. I’ll go to the sea and walk into it. I’ll let the sea fill my lungs, cause I won’t need them. My hair will rise and wave as I walk, hello. Can you see me down there? I’ll be the zombie walking to England, walking to France. I’ll have to sit down often on a giant clam perhaps, or maybe I’ll float along the gulf stream, the flying dutchman. The giant squid embracing the sperm whale overhead.

My Zombie Screenplay

11/11-#1 My parents house at the beach was on stilts and easy to defend, just pull up the stairs. Plus all the various row houses, live on the top floor and block the stairwell. Our house here is one story, on a hill. I’d lay awake at nap with Henry and wait for them to come in the window, so I wrote a screenplay in my head to counter the nightmares. Running through open fields, Henry in his backpack. I’d have a sword and a shotgun maybe. We’d sleep in trees. Some kind of hammock. I wake up and see him looking at me thinking he’s gotten bit somehow, but then he smiles.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

when they come for you. those feet outside the basement, outside the window well. these hands at the window. they won’t be running, oh no. this will be gnawing oh yes oh yes this gnawing.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

zombie light bulb

It got cold, so we moved the plants down into the shop. Put up plant lights and they are blue green, aquamarine I guess. They shine throughout everything down there, into the corners, through the plastic sheeting seperating the office from the dust. That is the zombie light, I think, the blue light peering through the plastic partition.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Zombie Beach Party


Meister and the toast maker. We wander the gabled cocktail hour. Audacious and delicious. Pirate cadaver squelches to the bar. From behind camera through the dead fingers. Maybe some seaweed, comic stumble. Look, funny dead thing coming. Eaty, Eaty.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Second Test

Zombies. Oh yes lawd.

Here we go.

Zombie Codex


Out of this corner the dead-end of rearranged furniture and wishbone stains. He comes to stare through the windows of fear, like a boa constrictor on a baby’s crib. Look over the edge, moonlight in the palm trees and sound through the silent city: footsteps, shambling. The dream is to enter the palace, crinkling leatherized cloth, the dried layer of decomposed skins through t-shirt. The disease chapel.

Launch Lunch

Feasting on your fleshy bits.

Zombie reviewer says : Aaaaargh. uh uh uh ugh bleahch.