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In 2011 I finished creating my poetry anthology. Excited to publish, I ordered a hard copy to finally proofread. That copy arrived, but then my hard drive died—taking all the files with it. The book was never published, and this singular copy has been on my shelf ever since. But now, I’m sharing it with you. In this podcast, I’m reading poems from the book, and diving more deeply into some of them.

Slurp, Gulp and Start on Sounds Chris Lorensson

    • Society & Culture

In 2011 I finished creating my poetry anthology. Excited to publish, I ordered a hard copy to finally proofread. That copy arrived, but then my hard drive died—taking all the files with it. The book was never published, and this singular copy has been on my shelf ever since. But now, I’m sharing it with you. In this podcast, I’m reading poems from the book, and diving more deeply into some of them.

    The Book and Introduction

    The Book and Introduction

    In this first episode, I describe the design of the book, and then read the back cover and Introduction.
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    • 11 min
    The Slide Projector

    The Slide Projector

    There are so many shades of red
     on one projection slide.
     Given enough butter and fat,
     a chocolate cake can slide...
     along the length and width of a room
     on any given intensity-
     on each red ray that is projected-
     on every colour, in fact- it can.
    A high-speed, clicking, monotonous tone
     will show you how this cake can move!
    With every snap of plastic forms
     a beam will push on our beloved
     across any length and width of space,
     back and forth- seeming redundant.
     After each "PATT!!" is distinct
     we'll use controls to feed our mouths-
     we'll push and tap to feel content-
     then chew and gulp and start on sounds.
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    • 3 min
    When I Look into the Darkness I See an Overflow

    When I Look into the Darkness I See an Overflow

    When I look into the darkness I see an overflow.


    I see pain upon pain laying the foundations for love.
     I see paint on bricks that wall up that love.
     I recognise that love is not subjective, it's offensive enough.


    I know this Japanese tile the village painted red.
     I know it only comes in blue.
     I understand why they did it overnight – painting their rooftops red.


              I feel the sorrow that won't stop releasing, slowly recommending
               ways we should be at ease.
     


    of life in tragedy that fits some sick organisation.
     of life that can't seem to fit things together; I live here, too.
     of ways that we will not understand


    I don't know what to do:


    There's a stream just across that meadow that has a Blue Japanese bridge spanning over it, looking a million years old – but you want it in your lounge.  Visiting seems uncouth at the time, but offense can be put aside.  Standing on top, it starts to slide back and forth, the planks will slide under your feet.  Reality is rapidly waning like a crane swooping closer and closer toward the largest minnow in Lake Toluca.  The minnow doesn't know – just like you.




    When I look into the darkness I see an overflow.


    The pain covers up any way we could ever divulge
     the pain... roping 'round a wooden bench.
     The pain is subjective, it is not love.  It's offensive enough.


    Your swiss love wraps around the rope, around the bench;
     coating the whole thing in cheese oil and making it holy.
     The pain is subjective to Holiness.


              Around the rope, around the bench, around the coating
               of the cheese.  Holiness.



    in cursing things that need cursing.
     in throwing things that need throwing.
     in screaming out "recognition to the profane!"


    Here's what we'll do:


    Start to run.  Don't worry about catching up – the planks turn red, but don't stop.  Don't worry about progression.  Swoop down as if you were the crane.  Reach the ground and pluck up each plank as they turn red:  Red, swoop, one.  Red, swoop, two.  Red, swoop, three.  You're also the biggest minnow in Lake Toluca.




    When I look into the darkness I see an overflow.


    Painful things stir up our emotions.
     Painful times are a lot like starry nights –
     in that the pain can be overwhelming.


    I want a black permanent marker to scratch it out;
     describing the scratching as it scratches.
     I want the marker to become me and then run out of ink


              ink wells up inside me, staining all I know.
               It starts to kindle some new chance for hope.
     


    With playing games that come from your heart.
     With diff'rent ways to play those games.
     With finding friends that love your games.


    What happened:


    You can't be two things at once - so the planks picked up and arranged themselves in ways that are beyond your understanding.  You can't swoop underwater and you can't pickup a plank if you're a minnow.  The bridge is gone, but you're still standing there - pretending to be a crane and a minnow.  Red, s
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    • 6 min
    Deep Dive: When I Look into the Darkness I see an Overflow

    Deep Dive: When I Look into the Darkness I see an Overflow

    In this special episode, I do a deeper dive into the metaphors, feelings and prose in the previous episode's poem: When I Look into the Darkness I See an Overflow
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    • 7 min
    Popping the Top of a Bottled Solution

    Popping the Top of a Bottled Solution

    Cough - cough - walk candied staple caves
    to practice active-ness in ways
    up on sandied bubble-wrap
    popping the top of a bottled solution:
    I'll make the day go by incase
            we find a reason why!


            You step up to the plate
            for the first time in years,
            it seems impersonal,
            You've justified your ways
            since you were eight years old.
            Yeah – we're very handy..
            in ways we'll never know.


    There's no discovery while bitterness is in –
    we wait for trends to pass
            while fads start to set in.
    They say fads never last
    but I've seen them stand fast
            year-end through year-begin.
    While we're popping the top of a bottled solution
            our minds are fast at work:
                    1) that 2% is working hard
                    2) that past is hard at work!
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    • 3 min
    Words in Mind

    Words in Mind

    I can play word games, they're all just mind games.  Once a year.
     Where I was raised we put our words where our tiles are.
    We could communicate by our tiles, layout being context
     and turns being yours or mine.
    Orientation would say what I really mean
     while your choice of diction's what's in your eyes.


            I won't miss you all year [ E1 N2 V4 I1 O2 U4 S3 ] total= 17 pts.
            But I meant to call [ Z10 Y8 G3 O2 T1 E1 ] total= 25 pts.
            Play like we don’t know [ L2 I1 K3 E1 N2 ] total= 9 pts.
            How much we know [ C2 O2 L2 T1 ] total= 7 pts.


    There’s a lot to be said
     And ‘we all want to know’ –
     and to hang out
    So we just play word games.  Once a year, we play word games.
     We’ll spell out our souls worst fears, and talk about God.


            I am in such a rut [ L2 O2 V4 E1 L2 I1 N2 E1 S3 S3 ] total= 21 pts.
            Will you pray for me? [ G3 R2 A1 F3 F3 I1 T1 I1 ] total= 15 pts.
            I forgive you [ L2 A1 Y8 E1 R2 E1 D2 ] total= 17 pts.
            Thanks [ C2 O2 N2 T1 R2 O2 L2 ] total= 13 pts.
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    • 3 min

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