Story of the day:
-I go to the courthouse to drop off my card that says I completed my community service hours. When I go in, two of the usual cops are sitting at the security desk, one that I went to high school with and one young male who looks like he’s 16…who is always there when I go in and he makes comments like “Ohhhh look it’s the artist!” and is overall really creepy.
-I walk through the metal detector or whatever that is and it beeps, and he tells me to unbutton my jacket. He notices the pins on my jacket, particularly the one that says “I love my vagina”
-he says “that one is kind of weird”
-My response: “Why? Do you not like vaginas?”
-“Are you afraid of them?”
-still no comment
-“they’re scary aren’t they?”
-no comment, appears flustered, I walk away
i think that i shall never see
a poem lovely as cat splee*.
a cat whose yawning mouth does blow
pudding chuff from down below
a cat that sleeps at home all day
and on his haunches barfs away;
a cat that may in every season
hurl and toss for no good reason;
upon whose fur has sticky lain;
that ultimately leaves no stain.
except for on the carpet yore,
this cat tossed out from our back door.
– with apologies to joyce killmer
* See online, The Urban Dictionary
The first in an ongoing project of book-reviews of very worthy authors and thinkers.
Great Reads: James Shelley’s series, The Caesura Letters.
James Shelley is a prolific, gifted and thought-provoking writer, who is almost too young to have such wisdom and imagination as he displays in his book series The Caesura Letters. Shelley is respected as a public speaker, and as the creator of the Symposium lecture and outreach forums which he regularly coordinates in London, Ontario. The many facets of James Shelley’s questing mind find another, more private voice in the innovative Caesura Letters. Open the covers of any in the series and enjoy, day by day, an intriguing variety of ideas: An existential satori in a coffee shop; the intellectual spin off after discovering letters in an old relative’s attic; even a discussion on a radical, alternative model of illness treatment. James Shelley turns his philosophical, social and intellectual adventures into short stories of a unique kind. The Caesura Letters offer enough multi-faceted challenge to ignite even a jaded mind. At the same time, the author serves us a subtle and nourishing measure of humour that is his unique stamp on any kind of mind-exploration. Delve into his world, and be prepared to happily toss away complacency. These books are a constant pleasure. Don’t pass one by.