Charles Hood, Only in America 1
- They say we are sleeping together, he said.
Why did the whole town feel warm?
- Do yearnings of felines determine
the cat’s side of a door?
- When stories were aural and oral, how did
homonyms ‘appear’? As foreign ghosts?
Pun babble? Bastards’ Names-the-Younger?
- We need numbers here. Say somebody hired Jack
to research the great white whale gene spliced
to Kentucky Wonder. Jack was a good bean
counter. But how do you find a reliable narrator?
Jack climbed that stalk and wrote, It’s black
as soot (aphis? smut?) at the top, black as a huge boot.
- Two roots from the same beach snag
raise long-necked heads to be basted in tide.
Why is one bleached and the other burnt?
- They sing in head voices. Most stories do.
(Don’t you like chest voices better?)
- What if we’re all dead-headed?
- Do stories long for a soft spot
in the other side?