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Seems Like Yesterday
Every King and Queen had an astrologer. Plagues ran rampant through the world. The world was going to end. Oscar Wilde died in 1901. A millennium year. The change from 19** to 20** Y2K A mathematical shortcut, leading to a logical error. Setting the clock back will not raise the dead. but it will allow for Shakespeare and Cervantes to be born on the same day. Will setting the clocks back kill? or will my birthday be re-assigned? The thing is… there was no year 0. but there was a beginning (somehow) We don’t know when. (some of us disagree0 Will there be an end? (how) When? Our Mythology is composed of movie monsters and video game faeries. Our heroes appear in comic books with capes rustling in the wind. The storytellers of our tribe. Idols Merchandizing of plastic menageries. Lessons learned re-enacted, mass-produced. Repeatable. Copied. Xeroxified. Industrialization through henry Ford’s assembly line, cost effective mementos of a cultural event. A tie-in, a spin-off, the sequel. The more scientists learned about the human mind and its processes, the more artists explored it. The Arts has become the study of studies. The joy and pride of accomplishment is what makes the labor cost effective. Success is a monkey piling up the furniture to reach a banana. Victory is a weed shooting through the cracks in the pavement. love is matching socks with static cling to each other. reward is skinny-dipping in the woods after a long hike. Achievement is sweat. Truth is a side-long glance into someone staring at you. Praise is a small fire on a chilly night. Life is what you feel. It is important to know who your friends are. Lost in Urban Landscaping #9 And words of wisdom scientist philosopher writing the humanity manual codes every emotional variable logic of actions explanation of motives list of assumed truths my grandmother watches the magick of my computer the gold of her icons carries a code of arcane user input faith in the unknowable projections of outcome And in a word generating commentary firm beliefs with proofs and denials accepting minor variations inconclusive rationale an evolution of theory questions that arise and means to find answers for every dilemma a person to speak with and tools for testing whether I can live with myself And the word was A Fevers of the Mind Quick-9 Interview with Yrik Max Valentonis Poems by Yrik Max Valentonis : Lost in Urban Landscaping #2, #6, #46 Bio: Yrik-Max Valentonis is the author of 120 Days of Gomorrah and Cranium Theatre. His comics and writings have appeared the chapbooks: iDEAL and this is visual poetry; the anthologies: the Alien Buddha’s Block Party, The Alien Buddha Goes Pop, the Alien Buddha’s House of Horrors #3, the Alien Buddha’s Snail Mail, Animal Blessings, Beer-Battered Shrimp for Cognitive Ruminations (forthcoming), Divided Again, Heat the Grease We're Frying Up Some Poetry, the Last Time the Alien Buddha Got Sooo High, Sinbad and the Winds of Destiny, and Zombie Nation: St. Pete. He earned a BA in English & American Literature from the University of South Florida and a MFA in Poetry & Prose from Naropa University.