11.12.2008

let me go eat some salmon

Last night I went to see a Literary Death Match. I didn’t know what to expect, and was skeptical upon entering the Housing Works bookstore, but was pleasantly surprised. The writers were actually really good and funny. Usually, I hate poetry except for haiku’s, but this poet Tao Lin was definitely the best there... Here’s one of my favorites:

a poem written by a bear
let me go eat some salmon
why are there coke cans in the river
what if i wore a bullet proof vest during hunting season
i’m a bear; i walk in the forest and look at the river and the river is cold
i saw campers today and they ran away and i was alone and i destroyed their tent
let me go scratch my paw on a tree
let me go eat a salmon
last night i cried onto my salmon
the salmon was sad but it still wanted to live
it wanted to swim and be sad and i ate it under moonlight
i saw a moose scream the other day
it screamed quietly under a tree
i felt embarrassed and sad and i thought, ‘oh, no; oh god, oh my god’
sometimes i climb a tree and sit there and sing very quietly
sometimes i want to go to a shopping mall and chase the humans and claw them
i’ll ride the moose into the shopping mall and ram the humans
the moose and i will ride the escalator and i will hug the moose and the moose and i will cry
i will eat the moose
i don’t care
i will scream and throw the bubblegum machine from the second floor to the first floor
i felt compassion for the salmon and now i don’t care anymore
i’ll walk into a parking lot and chase a large human and hug the human and cry
i’ll walk into a house at night and push the humans off the bed
i’ll stare at the bed and i’ll feel fake


This is his blog:

http://www.bearparade.com/2006/03/this_emotion_was_a_little_eboo.html

And to fully understand the genius...