27 December 2008

the 39 steps, jenny lewis poem


have people read the 39 steps to story writing?

i think i fail badly on all the important ones (1, 7, 13, 16a, 24)
frederick barthelme probably wants me bloody from a kitchen knife
i have been thinking about becoming a plumber

i wrote a poem about jenny lewis

i could be alone in my room listening to music

and i could be just sitting there or i could be thinking about things

i could be thinking about the song and i could be thinking about who wrote the song

and i could be thinking about the words

or i could be thinking about what the words made me think about

like the internal organs of everyone i know

and i could be thinking about putting them in jars and putting the jars on shelves

i could think about staring at the shelves and seeing the jars

and they could be out of focus and at an angle

and it would still be everyone i know's insides on display

and i could think about making a graph of all of the things i see

when i focus my eyes for only a brief period of time

i could make it a game with rules i have to follow

like about focusing the eyes

and i could stand real still in a real small space

by myself or with you

and we could be listening to music

and i could be jenny lewis

and i could say something about los angeles

or i could be me

and i could say this song is so good

and you could be jenny lewis

and you could say thanks

or you could be you

and you could say it sounds like high school music

and i could get all defensive

or i could stop listening to music for months at a time

and forget that i like how it makes me move without being aware that i'm moving

and i could show you my game and ask you if you want to play

and you could say that it's disturbing

and we could do something else

and later i could take you home

and it could be raining

and i could hold the umbrella

and i could say something inaudible

and you could say what

and i could say nevermind

and when you were gone i could be alone

and i could listen to the song again

and i could think about the words

and i could think about the person

and i could go on google images

and i could type in jenny lewis

if your brother or sister, daughter or son is in the 4th grade and needs to pass art class, i will provide drawings of your choice for a small fee.
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