Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Familiar Remix

The Familiar Remix

The Familiar Remix (2012)


Halloween was always my favorite holiday. Maybe it's because my elementary education took place in Catholic schools taught by nuns who were quick to rap your knuckles if you blew reciting your Apostle's Creed. Halloween was the one night allowed for Catholic kids to take your id out for a walk on the wild side. I mean, why not, once a year, literalize those demons and witches and ghouls?

Halloween was a much bigger deal on the Great Plains (where I grew up) than it is in the South (where I now live). I blame the Southern Halloween Apathy Syndrome, comparatively speaking, on the near-total influence of party-pooping Baptists. If dancing is frowned upon, then going door to door dressed as Satan is a serious offense.

Give me Halloween's sliced up jack-o-lanterns and arched back black cats any day over Easter's formally arranged baskets and stylized egg rolls. If a ghost is going to the considerable trouble to resurrect, I want him to scare the shit out of me -- not drift tranquilly into the heavens like a small balloon filled with hot air.


One of the few black and white images selected for remixing last sumer. Image originally rendered in Tiera-Zon in 1999. Remixed until it became even more familiar.

1 comment:

Dr. Mike said...


Spiderman hangs from a broken
Crane, threatening
To plunge all Broadway into
Darkness and disaster.

Hovering in a rescue helicopter
High above submerged suburbia
Makes this seem a Monopoly set
Where the only pieces are mortgaged homes.

What strength is there against
An exploding power station?
Not even a skeleton of a house
Whose foundations have sunk in quicksand.

A roller coaster contorts around
Sailboats slammed together,
And boardwalks, splintered apart,
Drown among those felled by trees.

[Disposable Poem November 1, 2012]
Dr. Mike

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