by Ryan Held
It’s a safe bet that your e-mails/texts are too long when you start needing to divide them into chapters, verses, or line numbers.
her mouth is as wide as her eyes are narrow
a hypothesis wavering on a primitive rung
fingers protrude from wool
pacifism has been achieved
through the expository
the mechanical enigma of derision
removing the ontological confusion of privilege
do you mean that you think that what she really meant
when she said that she didn’t really mean what
she was saying was that she really meant
to say something really mean instead?
she gives you that look
when you’re looking the other way
her sighs are beyond
Within you nothing endured.
Of your sarcastic rage. Of my crystal love.
Of strangled tears. Of elapsing seconds,
the dawdling few that linger.
Within me something remained.
Of your blunt obdurance. Of my grinning flesh.
Of childhood secrets. Of honeycomb dissonances,
that wished to swallow us whole.
the lurid lattice of molecules
vegetables today plastic tomorrow
watch my mouth rim
approaching authentic humdrum
her lacquered calm
deprived of domesticity
you were attempting to stare
but not lock eyes
waiting to listen
without having to speak
hoping to catch my attention
yet somehow remain invisible
needing to love and be loved back
living on a shoestring budget
by Ryan Held
We here at Stray Notions love movies so much; we decided to make a fantasy game out of them. Thus was born, Fantasy Box Office. Check back each week to see how Tim and I are fairing in our “friendly” competition. Here are this year’s rules.
Here is the weekend of Friday, April 6 - Sunday, April 8:
THE RYAN COLLECTIVE
1. (Total Box Office) Captain America: The Winter Soldier = 95.0 * 1.1 (freshness factor) = 104.5
2. (TBO or PSA) Muppets Most Wanted = 6.1 * 1 = 6.1
3. (TBO or PSA) The Grand Budapest Hotel = 6.1 * 1.25 = 7.6
4. (Per Screen Average) Under the Skin = 33.3 * 1.1 = 36.6
Bonus Points = 15.0
This Week = 169.9
Total to date = 1075.6
THE ROTTEN TIM-ATOES
1. (TBO) Noah = 17.0 * 1 = 17.0
2. (TBO or PSA) Divergent = 13.0 * 0.9 = 11.7
3. (TBO or PSA) Madagascar: Island of Lemurs = 5.1 * 1 = 5.1
4. (PSA) Dom Hemingway = 7.3 * 0.9 = 6.6
Bonus Points = 0.0
This Week = 40.4
Total to date = 1043.1