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Things in Light Poetry Series 2014: Larry Goodell





A Congress Unbuttoned

Senator Stallwort should we filibuster?
We could duck under and run for cover.
Representative Pile-Dirt, shall we take off our shirts
and ask the Democrats to suckle our nipples?
Representative Stemfelt & Representative Cockeyes
have decided to block all progress until
their immediate needs are met.
We want money, we want pussy, we want perks.
Filibuster till the cows come home with the moolah.
We want what we need & need what we want.
The President is a Wetback or a foreign spy.
We are Elephantiasis who love to fuck other Elephantiasees
under the desks of propriety.
Representative Stuck in Perpetuity of Dung
has commended the others of his Faith
members of the Donuts Under Crystal Chandeliers
We love sty in the eye progress namely
the more backward we go the more forward we are.
Representative Pissgrunt despises health care
because dying is natural for the lower classes
and the middle classes are already dead.
Representative Doughface & Senator Bathwater say
Lying is good for you and will get you what you want.
The same message heard over and over & repeated verbatim
the constitution of our morning prayer breakfast talking points:
Government sucks. The President sucks.
The Commons is a lie. We don’t need anyone
to take care of anybody because we can
shoot our way out of any situation.
Senator Fuck Everybody But Me agrees.
So does Representative Tea Potty who
was never housebroken and pees in his pants
to show his appreciation of the total stagnation
of government and the election of hate maniacs
to the governorship of some lucky states.
Senator Stallwort, should we filibuster?
Of course, thumb our noses at everybody
suck on our thumbs
and sit on the pile of dung we’ve created
which is unrepresentative government.

larry goodell / placitas, new mexico
(read at Poetry At the Range 9Apr2014)

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Active as a poet in Albuquerque area from 1957 on, Larry Goodell was born in Roswell, New Mexico, learned from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, studied with Robert Creeley in New Mexico, went to the Vancouver Poetry Conference of 1963 to study with Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Duncan, Philip Whalen and Mr Creeley, went to the Berkeley Poetry Conference in 1965, and married photographer/artist Lenore Goodell in 1968.

Goodell founded Duende Press in 1964 and published one poet per issue followed by poetry and art magazines Fervent Valley and Oriental Blue Streak. At the Thunderbird Bar in Placitas, he staged his poetry and fabricated his first event poems. In 1972, he toured the country doing poetry performances with Stephen Rodefer. He organized readings for Downtown Saturday Night, the Rio Grande Writers Association, the Central Torta Series, Albuquerque United Artists, and for many years the Living Batch Bookstore and, more recently, at Silva's Saloon in Bernalillo and the notable Duende Poetry Series in Placitas.




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