Thursday, January 24, 2008

Theater of the Absurd: a season of crossovers and spin-offs

Black spirits and white, red spirits and gray;
  Mingle, mingle, mingle, you that mingle may.

        Thomas Middleton, The Witch via Macbeth, William Shakespeare

"the tinkerers are bothersome"

the Hag brushes away the swarm
the buzzing flies
and in the center of Her eyes 
two burning candles bore holes 
into the ice at Wintersea 

Immanuel Guzzle waits to sign autographs at the theater exit
he has completed his night of impressions: 

the hatted James Joyce playing golf with Keats 
H.D. fucking Bryher in a boat on the way home from Greece 
Pacino as Hamlet in Philadelphia
encore Archie Bunker bellying up the bar at Cheers 

alas poor Betty Vaudeville just didn't get it 
asks her mommy to buy her a take home book and t-shirt

o' "finger of birth strangled babe"

Immanuel smiles for the camera snapping his back flap photograph
"we're all made of exploded stars and a bit of mud" the quote read

the Hag drags the wheelbarrow across the blackboard 
the students trapped in the mirror gag and cough up yellow fog

No comments: