|When you get very angry, what do you want to
Take tango lessons.
Which statement do you feel is most true about eating a hotdog?
It takes too long to accomplish.
What you you associate with the phrase “pocket diversions”?
The letter P of the letter V.
How do you feel about the sex act?
It is overrated.
An agitated bag of fish and chips.
How many slices of bread reside in a standard-issue loaf?
Which kind of strategy do you prefer in times of war?
How do you feel right now?
Gypped, but in good stead in the eyes of the law.
|BLUE: Like a newly found bruise, one that recurs,
not exactly all the time, more than sometimes, never fully. Slightly less
than licit: a length of time that lasts a lifetime, your lifetime, hardly
like anybody else's.
BRILLIANT: Sharp or dull, often liable, the speaking likeness of a pain or wound. The imitation of cranes, something that draws a new red line or illustrates the unwillingness to budge formally or fashionably.
ENIGMA: The game of games, something misunderstood, ill-understood, or not understandable, but engaged in nevertheless like mourning morning. A mistake made like a knot for someone else to undo.
GARDEN: A place for sinners in the holy city. A kiss swollen shut, a heavy door that crushes a left foot, a space in which to hide a ridiculous paranoia, panic, or pair of cold feet.
LOOP: The impossibility of guessing how many pebbles fill the washed-out grape jelly jar. Looking outside for a guarantee, a last-minute hook-up, a last stay against the forces of wish evaporation.
PASSPORT: To travel on a divan, lying down, watching the land, people, cities, and ruins passing by. Low energies wiped across large distances for the purpose of identification and, if necessary, intercourse.
RESTRAINT: Cross-hatched salt grass, mettle of nettles, metal against metal, how to open a strongbox, how to play with a thimble. A pressure put upon a single moment, a way of loving that moment too much or not ever enough.
TOMATO: Smaller than a watermellon, larger than an olive, the color of fresh blood: the mitochondria of the salad. Strong, carnal, the right red in tender. The tin can kind permissible in a pinch. In house wars, the object thrown or un-thrown or simply resting on the kitchen table waiting to be consumed at any cost.
UNCERTAINTY: A heavenly manna transformed into a mantra: "Zero is my hero."
VARIATION: A pattern of alternating currents especially the type zapped through a hand glazed with cloudy bath water. The vibration between chill and crunch, maintained by a lot of pleading. A fatal while.
WALK: A path of undetermined length and stride ending in a make-up, a fight, or a draw. Never neutral, always inviolable, always in the way of something else of equal importance, e.g. sitting, sipping tea, screwing, screaming.
YOGURT: The color of fair confidence, akin to free ice cream during a depression. A semi-solid food, soured but succulent, often enhanced unnecessarily with honey, fruit, or spices.
|acromegaly: n. abnormal enlargement
of the head and the extremities due to dysfunction of the pituitary gland.
barchan: n. a sand dune formed in the shape of a crescent, with the ends pointing away from the direction of the wind.
blue-sky law: n. a security law protecting citizens from fly-by-night schemes, which have no more basis than so many feet of blue sky.
decahedron: n. a solid with 10 faces.
ébauche: n. a basic watch movement made without jewels, case, etc.
ensilage: n. fodder stored in a silo.
festina lente: Latin. make haste slowly.
hexarchy: n. a group of six states, each with its own ruler.
interdigitate: n. to interlock, like the fingers of both hands when clasped.
isopag: n. a line on a map linking all points where winter ice exists at approximately the same time.
leishmaniasis: n. infection by a certain flagellate protozoan.
microelectrophoresis: n. a technique used in chemistry for examining under a microscope the migration of minute surface particles under the influence of an electric field.
ossicle: n. a small bone.
pseudoparalysis: n. a state which is not true paralysis but in which a person is unable to move a part of the body because of pain, shock, etc.
pteridology: n. the scientific study of ferns, horsetails, clubmosses, etc.
raphe: n., pl. a seam-like joining between two halves of an organ, as of the tongue.
retrobular: adj. behind the eyeball.
runcible spoon: n. a sharp-edged fork with three broad curved prongs.
sic transit gloria mundi: Latin. thus passes away earthly glory.
seta: n. a bristle or bristle-like process.
sextan: adj. of a fever recurring every fifth day.
test-ban: n. an agreement between nations not to test nuclear weapons or to test them only under certain prescribed conditions.
thaumatrope: n. a card with a different picture on each side, which when rotated swiftly causes the two pictures to appear combined as one.
wurst: n. sausage, esp. in combination as liverwurst, bratwurst.
yegg: n. (in colloquial usage) a traveling petty burglar; a vicious ruffian.
yellow-dog contract: n. a contract by which an employer agrees to employ a worker who in return agrees to leave or remain outside a union.
zarf: n. a decorative, usually metal, holder used in the Levant for handling coffee cups made without handles.
zugzwang: n. a situation in a game of chess where all the moves open to one player will cause damage to that player’s position.