from Notes on my father

Popeye and The Three Stooges. My favorite
Stooge was Shemp: replaced, forgotten.


A Few Discomforts

The number of months you can pretend to smoke a cigarette with somebody that doesn’t love you.




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Image from page 108 of "Alexander and some other cats" (1929)

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Tongue

for lee buencamino

“i part my lips in secret / glitter drips from the corners of my mouth”


Spyros

The National Gallery

“It was because of the bike crash that I volunteered for an HIV-vaccine trial. I blame Brian.”