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“Man can never expect to start from scratch; he must start from ready-made things, like even his own mother and father.” —Marcel Duchamp

Audition Demo 1

READER: “Mack was hauling an oversize load, bumping over a hump in the road, when he saw, on an old commode, a word scrawled in paint, bold, not faint: ‘Dump’

DIRECTOR: Superbe! j’adore! continue…

In French, there is an old expression, la patte, meaning the artist’s touch, his personal style, his ‘paw’. I wanted to get away from la patte and from all that retinal painting

—Marcel Duchamp

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“If you are writing about baloney, don’t try and make it Cornish hen, because that’s the worst kind of baloney there is. Just make it darn good baloney.” —Leo Burnett

Cut the Baloney 1

Grill ice-cold cuts on low heat:
subdue spitting blistering fat,
like stinging zingers in a spat.
Thaw if frozen. Warm for treats.

No matter how you slice it, it’s still baloney.

—Rube Goldberg

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“You are a cosmic flower. Om chanting is the process of opening the psychic petals of that flower.” —Amit Ray

Chants of a Lifetime 1

Om a vocal tone poem
Rhyming Babel’s scattered echoes
Shattering a stained-glass halo
Sonic boom of howling calm

And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.

—Black Elk

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“Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Causes & Effects 1

Had the dons been awake,
the cause of the effect would
have retired the Science don
to New Jersey.

Scientific research can reduce superstition by encouraging people to think and view things in terms of cause and effect.

—Albert Einstein

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“Why should poetry have to make sense?” —Charlie Chaplin

Senryu 1

Mad lover’s poems
compress a rosy garden
in compost and rain

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.

―William Shakespeare

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“Quantum particles: the dreams that stuff is made of.” —Anon

Shrodinger's Fish Tank 1

Maybe life is a long lost friend
The love you live to meet again
Maybe it’s real or just pretend
Maybe it has no separate ends

I have just got a new theory of eternity.

―Albert Einstein

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“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn’t you say so? There’s a support group for that. It’s called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.”—Drew Carey

Sneering Ear to Eear 1

Head of human resources
Weaned in a square barred playpen
Bred for the egg-crate rat race
Gleaned the art of sneering then

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.

―Robert Frost

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“Unusual travel directions are dancing lessons from God.”—Kurt Vonnegut

Beside the Path 1

On the rive gauche in French
One is not maladroit
Who hangs left for a stretch
To gain la route à droite
Beside the path

Sometimes people need to take the wrong path in order to lead them to the right one.

―Nashoda Rose

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“At the typewriter you find out who you are.”—Tom Robbins

My Blue Pencil 1

When Underwood dings
I stop typing till
I’m done sharpening
My B
lue Pencil

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.

—Mark Twain

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“My life is a mosaic, and there’s no room in between pieces at all.”—Marcia Clark

Mosaic Mile 1

They meet by serendipity,
in a surreal mirage of tile;
paired and spared for eternity,
to stand on the mosaic mile.

What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.

—Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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