The Erotic Breakfast

for Patrick Lawler

I don’t know if I should
tell you this….but
SUDDEN INSIGHT
SUDDEN INSIGHT
SUDDEN INSIGHT
Dazzling vision and
HEART STOPPING ECSTASY
HEART STOPPING ECSTASY
HEART STOPPING ECSTASY
Are the things Dante
never talked to you about
during breakfast
At the Erotic Café.
Instead, you were fed
The MYSTICISM of
MYSTICISM
MYSTICISM
ORDINARY EXPERIENCE
ORDINARY EXPERIENCE
ORDINARY EXPERIENCE
Sunshine through
Venetian blinds.
Whiskey crates filled
With books.
Baskets made of Pine.
There you are, a doll
with china hands
on a wooden chair.
Time surrounds you;
his metronomic pulse
beating around you
Tick
Tock
Tick
TOCK
TOCK
TOCK
Each face
a numeric measure
of ordinary experience.
I forgot to tell you,
the last time
I saw Dante
he was riding the
CUCKOO BIRD
CUCKOO BIRD
CUCKOO BIRD
Out
of
the
CLOCK
CLOCK
CLOCK
CUCKOO
CUCKOO
CUCKOO
CUCKOO
CUCKOO
CUCKOO

Scott Calling from Silk Creek, watercolor in an A3 watercolor Moleskin sketchbook, by Mary Taitt

Note on the Collaboration from Mary Taitt

Colleen, Scott and I created a collaborative performance piece for three voices as a joke and a gift for our friend, mentor and fellow poet, Patrick Lawler. We called him Dante after one of the characters in his poetry, which was, of course, an allusion to Dante of The Divine Comedy. We laughed uproariously as we shared ideas for the poem. We wrote it together at Scott’s house. He collects cuckoo clocks, which struck several times as we worked. The objects named were objects in Scott’s house, which we envisioned as a cafe like Happy Endings. As soon as we finished it, we called Pat to read it to him. He wasn’t home, so we read it into his voice mail. When his wife picked up, she said, “Pat, I think this is for you!” Later that week, we performed it for him at Happy Endings in Syracuse, New York, and since then, have performed again a few times.

In our recording for Mixitini Matrix, we have added a new level of collaboration. The voices on the recording are those of Caroline Maun, Keith Taitt and Mary Taitt. The MP3 was produced by Frank Koscielski.

Three columns represent the three voices of “The Erotic Breakfast.” All three voices read the words in UPPER CASE, and the person reading each column reads the ones in lower case. This provided a nice mix of individual voices and a chorus of voices.

To read it in a single voice, read the lower case words normally, but read the upper case words only once, not three times (since they were spoken in unison.)

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