jeudi 16 février 2017

Versoix III


by Jamesola Langola Jamesola
honoring William Carlos Williams

There are no water
Falls
In Versoix
Only train tracks
Siding a lake
Screeching verses with
Ohs and Ahs
In the shadow of the Chocolate factory
Unimpressed and impressed at
The same time

mercredi 15 février 2017

Radiant Elephant Minutes, February 15, 2017

Good evening Elephanteers ! To make Reality great again we have decided to start this evening with a story of “Capitain” James Cook, who died 288 years ago on February l4, l779.

But before we listen to this real past event, I wish to share a dream I had the other night: I was in Venice, carrying an ancient Etruscan vase, and my job was to water the plants in the streets. Yes this was an interesting, satisfying job except for the cumbersome and delicate vase, but it was real, that is to say the dream was real! Was it related to Valentine’s Day? Or the overflow at the Oroville Dam in California that necessitated the use of emergency spillway for the first time since its conception to avoid flooding after 5 years of drought and 6 weeks of rain. No matter. The point is that we can bring back reality also by dreaming!

Back to our Captain Cook, he is well known for his 3 Pacific voyages through uncharted waters that he undertook on the HM BArk Endeavor are well recorded. What is less known is that he was the 2nd of 8 children of James Cook, a farm laborer from Ednam in Roxburghshire and his mother, Grace Pace, was from Thonaby-on –Tees in Yorkshire where they lived. Legend has it that Grace cooked a wicked fruity Brack cake that the owners at the Dog and Gun Inn often ordered from her. Now young James the 2nd(James had an older brother James and a sister followed by two younger James brothers and so on) hated nothing more than his mother’s fruit cake. His mother forced him to knead the dough for months on end and James would do this looking out a small window with a view of the sea. Historians speculate that it was at this tender age that James’ desire for adventure developed but his younger brother hid a drawing that his older brother had made depicting a fruitcake with an X slashed over it. Art historians, on the other hand, cite this as early inspiration for Jean Michel Basquiat’s graffiti paintings, for it is well known that Jean Michel, discovered by Andy Warhol, was a fan of Captain Cook.

Introduce Art Historian and examine the 2 historical works.



To make a long story short, Mr Walker, who was a Quaker preacher, noted in his confessional journal that young Cook at the age of 9 he swore that he would leave house as far as the eye could see and never return because he abhorred fruitcake.


*Why does Cook’s  signature have two full loops in it ? He learned to sign his name on a ship ! (J M Basquiat signs with loops too. Ate Fruit Loops)

Staying with the same subject of great travellers let’s talk about Patricia Hurst, who in l974 was abducted by the Symbionese Liberation Army and some months later most famously took part in an armed bank robbery that was filmed by security cameras. Patty, the grand daughter of William Randolph Hurst of the Hurst publishing empire, apparently fell under the Stockholm syndrome by falling in love with Willie Wolfe. She nevertheless was caught and went to jail (most of the members of the SLA died in a fire) and she was pardoned by Clinton in the 90’s.
Hearst has moved on and today travels extensively as a professional dog trainer. She flies her dogs in her private jet and recenty with Tuggy and Rubi, she has won prizes, most recently, at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show wearing a striped top and black pants.
At the show, before  the judge made her final decision, Hearst Shaw jumped to her feet. She just knew. Tuggy won best of breed, and Rubi took runner-up honors as best of opposite sex.

But it wasn't enough for her. She pulled out an AK47 and pointing at the Judges said "Don't call me Patty, call me Tania (her former SLA name). I want to walk on the air right now and for me to do that you better give Rubi best life-time achievement award! There's no reason they should fall short of your bullshit standards!”

Needless to say the judges acquiesced and Mrs Hearst, wearing her striped top and black pants, proudly walked down the runway with her French Bulldogs to the applause and cheers of thousands of onlookers.




And now to move on to speak about a little about Ivanka and her products who flashed Prime Minister Trudeau followed by 2 short poems on Versoix inspired by Jarmush’s film Paterson.






Collection of Versoix Poems, 2017

This is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
saving
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold


This isn't just to say by James Lang James

I have eaten 
The KFC 
That was
in the fridge

I know
You
Were probably saving it for
Breakfast

Beg your pardon 
They was yummy
Creamy Ranch
So Ranchy



Collection of Versoix poems, 2017

The Red Wheelbarrow
William Carlos Williams, 1883 - 1963
so much depends
upon
a red wheel
barrow
glazed with rain
water
beside the white
chickens.
The White Bus Stop
James Lang James 1901-
So much is on
Come on
A white bus stop
Sprinkled  in  dieseled chicken
Grease
In front of
 the closed Migros


samedi 11 février 2017

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mercredi 18 janvier 2017

Opening Words for Poetry reading Jan. 17, 2017

Welcome everyone, the winds are blowing tonight with near gale forces; an elephanteer has recounted seeing a fellow poet being wisked in the air by his ears and blown to the other side of the lake! 

But for those of you here tonight, many are desirous to berate, to tell
your loved ones, your mignions, that despite trying to do well they might as well sit full lotus on a tatami and stare at the wall.

2017 is a special year, it is a year that exudes in confidence : we are invited to be full of ourselves and express ourselves in succinct tweets such as : « Honey, Hashtag So ugly in front of mirror this morning. Divorce not happening ! »

2017 is the year for Radiant Elephants to Berate again !

And these past few days have provided us with lots of exciting news!

·      There was medical confirmation how cleaning elephant ears with Q-tips is not only a sensless waste of time but ineffective. Just letting the wax fall out turns out to be the healthiest option.

·      A Trump construction company that has started operations to clean the swamp in Washington, has found  20 years worth of gas that otherwise would have polluted the atmosphere.

·      William Sessions in his confirmation hearing said that he would not hesitate to use unchained prisoners to train attack dogs to guard the US Mexico border hence breaking with his earlier positon of using chain gangs and attaching prisoners to posts.


·      Despite Brexit and the heat of Teresa Mae's hard words England is expecting a surge of toursim this year mainly for its Imbolc Fire Festival in Huddersfield, a Celtic festival that involves burning symbols as well as the Blessing of the Throats in ST Ethelreda, London where two candles are tied together, lit, and touched on the necks of people suffering from sore throats.

·      Macedonia’s economy is said to be booming this year mainly since the appellation « Macedonian salad » became protected. « We just followed the example of Champagne » Aristomace Dzovnimir, a spokesperson for the Macedonian Chamber of commerce said. « Only Macedonian salad can be made in Macedonia, and any country that tries to label our heritage will have to pay a penalty.»

·      Filippino boxer Manny Pacquiaois is being brought back by NIKE after last year he was let go for saying that « gay people are worse than animals. »
« We clearly over-reacted » CEO Peter Parker stated. We misjudged the politcal climate of the country and our market. We have decided to make Manny Pacquiaois one of NIKE’s most valuable faces of our company and he will be compensated at the same level as Cristiano Ronaldo and Kobe Bryant. Rumors have it that Ryan-Lochte, the Olympic swimmer implicated in a nasty scandal of being held up in Rio, will also be reinstated on Wheaties cereal and Horizon Legacy dog food, food that will make your dog a better swimmer.    
                                                                                                                                                   
The closing of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus has come as a shock to many but fortunately Donald Trump has come to the rescue and offered a permanent residence in the west wing of the White House where formally the press corps used to work from.  "Barnum closing # won't happen!"





So thank you for coming and may we get on with some stories and poems to kick of this enticing year !