Friday, December 21, 2012

the Nic Cage Biopic

this guy needs to play Nic in the Nicolas Cage biopic

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Big Leap

after months of dilly-dallying --- i've made the leap -- i am now Following Taylor Swift on Twitter --- yes, i know, it's a huge move -- & i'm SOOOOO proud of myself -- for the courage -- & the faith -- it's like i've been baptised!! ---

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

all my Facebook Friends (demonish babies}

I dreamed all my Facebook Friends had just given birth and I was scrolling down Liking every one in a snowball-building swoon of ecstasy. Then I went out for a walk and took a shortcut thru the woods where I was set upon by an insatiable horde of babies snarling and livid and vicious as mad, demonish wolves. But, as they tore chunks out of my calves, quads and buttocks I was, tho, able to snap a few pics which I quickly and gleefully posted. And in just a few moments they’d garnered thousands of Likes and Shares and Shares and weepy RIPs (“goodnight, sweet prince,” etc,) from total but caring and kind-hearted strangers. This, of course, made dying much easier. And then, later, a Friend who came upon my scraps posted a video to Youtube which went absolutely viral. And this helped too because I float about with my head held high and my chest bursting with pride— And all the angels, addicted to their social media, treat me extra special.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hot Day w/ Black Things

Sunday, August 12, 2012

The King

this guy, in his youth, was called "The Orgasm King"

Monday, June 18, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Changing My Name

i'm changing my name to Artichoke--- yes, from now on, plz call me Artichoke Klassnik

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Unify all experiences -- W/ A single bullet

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Warming Up

how the lobes of my brain warm up before i start to "COMPOSE" some poetry

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

best way to warm up the mind before you write ??? --- how about spending 45 minutes arguing on the phone with Comcast ??

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Cinco !!

tired & afraid of my writing -- i escape w/ a huge burrito ! ------- (happy Cinco) -------

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

In the Aftermath

relaxing for a bit -- after National Poetry Month

Monday, April 30, 2012

Let's Move Along Now

ok, folks, let's move along now -- let's move along -- nothing to look at !! (National Poetry Month's over -- & sheer desolation stretches out, cruelly, before us)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pig & Rabbit

-- a pig & a rabbit -- snuggling inside my heart ---

Monday, April 23, 2012

the Knitting Club

knitting club attendance skyrockets the day after National Poetry Month

Friday, April 20, 2012

Affirmation !!!

looking back on the 1st 20 days of National Poetry Month -- I marvel at the tenacity, audacity and & xtreme levels of surpassing achievement (well done, all, well done)

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tony Hoagland at Petco (shopping for a kitten)

shopping for a kitten at Petco Tony Hoagland lapses into Professor Mode: "I'm sorry, miss," he says, sneering down, "But this so-called Kitten just won't work for me. It's just-uh-uh-too frivolous.. too shiny...uh-uh... too full-of-itself.... it's all over the place, really, now, isn't it ??...uh-uh-uh,........ &, did i mention its sneering??... that's its best quality, really... uh-uh,...i mean i kind of admire how it sneers at me... kind of admire how it doesn't even seem to acknowledge my existence.... but, really, ha ha, it's all surface,... all glitz and shimmer... and, uh-uh, it's sneering at me, again, Miss... uh, uh, Make it stop, plz, Miss,... make it stop!"

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Big Question

just think how great Eliot, Stevens, Shakespeare, Homer, Dante, etc, would have been if they'd been spurred on by a National Poetry Month (it just boggles the mind, doesn't it ??)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Heart of My Poetry

When people ask me "Rauan, what's at the heart of yr poetry?" (& this happens a lot -- yeah, right!) I show them this picture

Friday, March 30, 2012


-- i'm not sharing w/ anyone

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

9 out of 10 Cancer Patients Agree

9 out of 10 Cancer Patients Agree -- i look sooooo much better in a tight bikini

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Koala Hospital

unwinding from the violence & perversity of my book i kick back w/ a few hours of Koala hospital

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mitt Romney's Cheek

i scratched Mitt Romney's cheek -- & the moon flew up out of it, squawking like a Cherokee

Sunday, March 11, 2012

I want to die all at once in a thousand ballads

I want to die all at once in a thousand ballads

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

F&$K Poetry!! I'll make a rabbit out of toilet paper

after a long day wrestling with good & evil, man's heart, blah, blah, blah---

comes a little tweet

F&$K Poetry!! I'll make a rabbit out of toilet paper

(blessed art thou, our Twitter, our Tw$$....)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

a Tale of Two Pekes

the photo above, as many of you may know, is of Malachy, the Pekingnese who was just crowed Westminster Best in Show 2012

the photo below is of my Pekingnese, Chuy

I know, I know, it's hard to tell them apart!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tweet Tweet Tweet

Just joined Twitter--- please consider following me @klassnik

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Me at Last Night's Reading

man, o, man, I forgot what these can do to ya !! (the syringe--or something else--entering)

totally shattered. ecstatic.

basking in the wistful afterglow.

and woke up this morning with a terrible headache... as though all the life had been sucked out of me..


Monday, February 6, 2012

for the Nic Cage Lover!!

From Nic Cage is Everyone--- and lots more where that came from

The Mushroom Pickers

They thought they were going to die after getting lost while picking mushrooms and spending nearly a week in the rugged forest of southwest Oregon.

They spent the nights huddled in a hollow log and considered sacrificing their pit bull, Jesse, for food.

"She's that good a dog, she'd have done it, too," Conne said.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Most Vulgar & Violent,.... (Holy Land)

well, well, what goes around doesn't always come around....

my Super-Ultra-Mega Muse, Seth Abramson gives my debut book, Holy Land, a thumbs up at the Huffington Post!!!

These poems may well be among the most vulgar and violent published in the English language in the past quarter-century. Many will be offended by what's in this book; Klassnik doesn't just gore sacred cows, he disembowels them and devours their entrails. A superficial reading of the text might even produce a damning accusation of homicidal misogyny. Yet such a careful study of violences--which is what, in toto, Holy Land is--permits a notable accumulation of gravitas, and Klassnik earns his strong language and deeply distressing imagery. In both its tender and horrifying moments, Holy Land aptly maps how we are chained to time, place, ourselves, and one another by a million minor assaults--only some of which are physical. As a wide-ranging, metaphoric look at death, power, gendered bodies, sublimity, despair, and anguish, Holy Land succeeds even as it terrifies and, yes, turns the stomach. A remarkable achievement, and one which deserves to be (and must be) read in its entirety.

The Whore's blood's trembling in me !!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Rauan.... Rauan... Rauan..... Rauan (O, Reb Livingston)

"Rauan’s difficult time breast feeding"

"Rauan in charge of meat"

"Rauan reduced to meat"

"deep inside Rauan is a swimmer trapped in a mailbox"

"marry me so we can save thousands of dollars on taxes"

Reb Livingston going at it over on her Tumblr

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Reaching Out Again (Whore??)

About 6 months ago I deleted, in cold blood, about 90% of my Facebook "Friends." It was a long and tedious process that I thoroughly enjoyed.

(Spread out over a week or two my Friend list dwindled from close to 1700 to under 150.)

But, now, feeling strong again the Whore's blood in me, I am building my Friend base back. Perhaps to two or three times its previous peak.

O, this is so annoying. Sad. Trivial. And exhilarating.

This whoring. Deleting. Destroying. Building back.

O God !!!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Vulturish Bear

Click here to read an interesting, playful, predatory and Romantic poem by J. P. Dancing Bear (Not Persephone)

and funnily enough the poem's dedicated to my old muse "Seth Abramson"

thinking of Seth now I am haunted again by the lines from a sad old Big Country song

what would you be
if the waves set you free
and the wind in your hair
sent you sailing to me

tied up on shore
would you weary no more

what would you be
what would you be

in the old days i would have loaded up all my guns, dynamite, warhorses, wardragons, roosters and mice-- and gone out bear hunting !!

but, now, i just sit by slightly green...