Recent discussions with fellow writers has lead to the realization that there is a kind of meaning rhyme, or fake-out rhyme often used by rappers that does not seem to have a proper name. I’m calling it a juke rhyme.
I’m a star so I smashed the jar
left bar and hopped in my sedan
As you can see “car” would have been an obvious rhyming synonym of sedan. This makes the coupling of “bar” and “sedan” a juke rhyme.
Any examples from popular music or poetry would be appreciated. Also if there is a per-exhisting word for this lingual technique, I’d love to hear it.
I’m here because I am having trouble with focus. I am having trouble composing words from those cryptic processes in the brain and directing them through my cricked neck and cramped shoulders into my hands (sorted by letter), fingers (further sorted by letter), and then int cyberspace now (i guess).
My toes on my right foot are colder than the left. My right arm has been falling asleep more often than seems reasonable. I pulled a muscle in my right shoulder a week ago and maybe someone would say its blocking the flow of chi to that side of my body. That person wouldn’t be me.
It’s cold in my house—around 49 degrees since I turned up the heat, and due to the brightness of the screen I can see very little of the rest of the first floor which is quite dark. I know my dog is sleeping on the other side of this couch because I can hear him breathing. I know where my coffee mug and beer can are because they both reflect enough to be seen in my periphery, but mostly I see only these words, a keyboard with a missing “f4” button, one fingerless striped glove, and one orange mitten that can be pulled back to serve as a fingerless glove. Inside those articles of clothing are my hands of course. And when I look at the hands they represent me.
Hands—I think—are a private sort of thing. Our faces are us to the world but our hands are us to us. My hands, recently, have been failing to tell the story about a young man in a place that was once home to the republic of Japan. Before the bombs of course. Before the fog covered so much of the planet, before America became Mainland. “It’s a good story,” I keep telling my hands, but they have grown board and wonder. Maybe my hands are like my dog. Maybe I need to take them on a walk and let them meander and smell and play with other hands if I’m ever going to get them to sit still and do what I ask. Maybe my right hand is mad at me and is denying the blood I give him—perhaps he’s falling asleep in protest because he’s cold, and why does the left side always get that nice thick orange mitten?
It’s hard to say.
I’ve been spending the day finilizing my application for the Flight School Fellowship, and that means it’s time to dust off that old resume—not the one that says “poster salesman, parking lot attendant, poster salesman, parking lot attendant, poster salesman, parking lot attendant.” The other one. The one that says your an artist.
For what it’s worth—on the dirty desk:
2008 University of Pittsburgh- BA: Concentration Fiction Writing & Film Studies
2007 Temple University, Tokyo Campus, Japan- Study Abroad: Popular Media & Japanese Culture
2005 Kutztown University- one year concurrent with senior year of high school
PUBLICATION AND PERFORMANCE
10/11 Mr. God’s Galloping Mountain Variety tour, performed with writers and musicians in six states
9/11-present CBS Local blog, regular freelance writing
8/11 Kindlin’ Quarterly Issue 4, illustrations
6/11 Three Rivers Art Festival, 180 minute mural
5/11 Bears in Space, collaborative self published color comic with Nate McDonough
5/11 Kindlin’ Quarterly Issue 3, four page comic
3/11 Siamese Grandson, collection of self published comics
1/11 Outpost Journal, commissioned article about the Brew House Association
10/10-present Andromeda Comic Anthology, monthly contributor
9/10 Arcadia University Art Gallery, “Nowhere:…” contributor in group show
7/10 Cyberpunk Apocalypse III [the Man Hates Us], distributed by Microcosm Publishing
6/10 A Zine About Billy, distributed by Microcosm Publishing and featured in their “Zine of the Day”
6/10 Cyberpunk Apocalypse Issue 1: an intellectual property, distributed by Microcosm Publishing
4/10 Designed and illustrated book jacket for Jack Daniels Sessions EP, published by Six Gallery Press
2/10 Cyberpunk Apocalypse Issue 2: the Pornopticon, published illustrated edited curated and distributed
1/10 The Bald Soprano, played “Mr. Smith” in three showings at Belvederes Bar, produced by Gunner LaBuff
11/09 Completion of A Film About Billy, a 200 page novel that alternates between comics and prose
8/09 Shrunken Wool Comic Anthology, two comic pages accepted
5/09 From Here to There: A Curious Collection From the Hand Drawn Map Association, contributor
LECTURES AND READINGS:
10/11 Ohio State, brown bag lecture for small group of professors and students
10/11 Ohio University, lectured to art and printmaking students
6/11 Out of the Gutter, monthly featured comic artist
5/11 PechaKucha night, lectured about the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers’ co-op
4/11 Carnegie Library summer reading series
9/10 “Islands in the Void” a lecture on starting a writers’ community and writing in a non-collegiate environment at Pittsburgh’s Small Press Festival
8/10 Pittsburgh Spleen (with apologies to Baudelaire), reading presented by Barbary Shore Press
7/10 TNY Presents Special Edition: Polish Hill Arts Fest, reading
7/10 Cyberpunk Apocalypse House Reading, Bluestocking Books in Manhattan NYC
4/10 Elven Slaughter Tour, 14 city reading tour with fantasy writer Elwin Cotman
4/10 About the Cyberpunk Apocalypse, a lecture for PARSEC, Pittsburgh’s premier science fiction organization
3/10 Read at the Cyberpunk Apocalypse one year anniversary at the Artist Image Resource Center in Pittsburgh
11/9 Debut reading at Modern Formations
7/11 Raised two thousand dollars to begin the Cyberpunk Apocalypse Zine of the Month Club
11/09 Began the Cyberpunk Apocalypse Visiting Writers’ Project to give out-of-town writers the chance to live and work rent free in Pittsburgh for one month
3/09 Filled the property to capacity with writers in residence
2/09 Opened the property as an event space for book clubs and writing groups
1/09 Founded the Cyberpunk Apocalypse Writers’ Project