Issue 43, Summer 1968
twirling around on my piano stool my bead begins to swim my bead begins to swim twirling around on my piano stool twirling around on my piano stool a dizzy spell eventuates twirling around on my piano stool I begin to feel dizzy twirling around on my piano stool
I want to fornicate with Alice but my wife Regine would be insulted Alice’s husband Buck would be insulted my child Hans would be insulted my answering service would be insulted tingle of insult running through calm loving health by productive tightly-knit
the hinder portion scalding-house good eating Curve B in addition to the usual baths and ablutions military police sumptuousness of the wash house risking misstatements kept distances iris to iris queen of holes damp, hairy legs note of anger chanting and shouting konk sense of "mold" on the "muff" sense of "talk" on the "surface" konk all sorts of chemical girl who delivered the letter give it a hone plummy hare legs saturated in every belief and ignorance rational living private client had bosom uncertain workmen mutton-tugger obedience to the rules of the logical system Lord Muck hot tears harmonica rascal
can you produce chaos? Alice asked certainly I can produce chaos I said I produced chaos she regarded the chaos chaos is handsome and attractive she said and more durable than regret I said and more nourishing than regret she said
I want to fornicate with Alice but it is a doomed project fornicating with Alice there are obstacles impediments preclusions estoppels I will exhaust them for you what a gas see cruel deprivements SECTION SEVEN moral ambiguities SECTION NINETEEN Alice’s thighs are like SECTION TWENTY-ONE
I am an OB I obstetricate ladies from predicaments holding the bucket I carry a device connected by radio to my answering service bleeps when I am wanted can’t even go to the films now for fear of bleeping during filmic high points can I in conscience turn off while fornicating with Alice?
Alice is married to Buck I am married to Regine Buck is my friend Regine is my wife regret is battologized in SECTIONS SIX THROUGH TWELVE and the actual intercourse intrudes somewhere in SECTION FORTY-THREE
I maintain an air of serenity which is spurious I manage this by limping my limp artful creation not an abject limp (Quasimodo) but a proud limp (Byron) I move slowly solemnly through the world miming a stiff leg this enables me to endure the gaze of strangers the hatred of pediatricians
we discuss discuss and discuss important considerations swarm and dither
for example in what house can I fornicate with Alice? in my house with Hans pounding on the bedroom door in her house with Buck shedding his sheepskin coat in the kitchen in some temporary rented house what joy
can Alice fornicate without her Malachi record playing? will Buck miss the Malachi record which Alice will have taken to the rented house? will Buck kneel before the rows and rows of records in his own house running a finger along the spines looking for the Malachi record? poignant poignant can Buck the honest architect with his acres of projects his mobs of draughts men the alarm bell which goes off in his office whenever the government decides to renovate a few blocks of light can Buck object if I decide to renovate Alice?
and what of the boil on my ass the right buttock can I lounge in the bed in the rented borne in such a way that Alice will not see will not start away from in fear terror revulsion
and what of rugs should I rug the rented house and what of cups what of leaning on an elbow in the Hertz Rent-All bed having fornicated with Alice and desiring a cup of black and what of the soap powder dish towels such a cup implies and what of a decent respect for the opinions of mankind and what of the hammer throw
I was a heavy man with the hammer once should there be a spare hammer for spare moments?
Alice’s things are like great golden varnished wooden oars I assume I haven’t seen them
chaos is tasty AND USEFUL TOO