"News From The Working Parts" - by Doug Richardson
Douglas is the prose editor for poeticdiversity. He's currently working on a novel.
© 2006 Doug Richardson
and Bernstein. Bonnie and
Morning came and Timothy R. was back on his stretch of pavement between medium buildings, eyes all around him: vendors and vice, bankers and bondsmen, and two newsmen questioning a couple about a corpse found near the entrance to the Hollywood Bowl.
R. did his best to look tilted and full of space.
He sampled the fingers on his injured hand, which was now swollen
to the point of immobility.
was unbearably awake and black with hunger.
zipped his pants and put on the sailor's hat.
He thought about the night before, about Haydn and the corpse, and
about his time in the asylum fighting Bernrd Red over the Electric
Light Dirge for Cello and Organ.
boarded the bus to
turned and walked to the pier with the endless carnival.
He ordered a beer and a banana and watched the grand wheel until
the sun went down, then he went to the edge and watched the waves.
dove in just as it began to rain, expecting the current to carry him to
shore. But just the opposite
happened. He drifted out to
sea past the continental shelf and into a vast fishing net that scooped
him aboard a Yin Yang liner bound for all ports south around Cape Horn
then north to Rio and the Caribbean with a final destination of
R. woke along the
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