• Her Invisible Wings August 9, 2020
      Within the lock the key creates a flashpoint And the lambent pressure of her absence Rolls back in waves from the open door And mounts walls in cylinders of silence   Where once we sheltered in the woven shadows Drifting down from her invisible wings And the electricity of orgasm Glittered random and wild […]
  • My Dark Vanessa August 7, 2020
      4. “I called Lolita a love story and the professor cut me off, saying, ‘Calling this novel a love story indicates an unconscionable misreading on your part.’ She wouldn’t even let me finish what I was trying to say. Ever since then, I haven’t dared bring it up in any of my classes.” p.291, […]
  • My Dark Vanessa August 2, 2020
    3. Our relationship lasted until after I graduated. She left her husband and I’d left school, and she came over to my apartment one day and we talked about doing it properly. Over the next few months, I began to put the whole thing together in my mind and shook her off. I retreated into […]
  • My Dark Vanessa July 30, 2020
    2. I had an illicit relationship with a teacher that started when I was sixteen. I hadn’t thought much about it until recently, once I’d started reading Vanessa. It was a relationship that grew organically, but when I consider it in light of Vanessa’s relationship with her teacher, it did have some similar qualities. For […]
  • My Dark Vanessa July 26, 2020
    ‘Romance is rape by seduction’. – Andrea Dworkin. 1. I used to hate Andrea Dworkin. She was invoked like a saint by all those hateful, spotty little feminazis at Melbourne University, chanting and shouting and marching, projecting all kinds of resentment and hatred. They threw the word ‘men’ like it was a paper bag full […]
  • Jocko Willink and David Goggins versus Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway and Hayden Carruth July 10, 2020
    2. There are some novels you read that make you think, ‘Why can’t all books be like this one?’ Leo Tolstoy’s Hadji Murat is one of them. It’s set around 1850: the story of a Chechen warlord, Murat is a long-time adversary of the Russian army compelled to forge an uneasy alliance with his old […]
  • Jocko Willink and David Goggins versus Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway and Hayden Carruth July 2, 2020
    1 I just can’t come to a place of peace with either Jocko Willink or David Goggins. I’ve listened to some of Willink’s podcasts and read his book, Extreme Ownership. Similarly, I read Goggins’ book, Can’t Hurt Me, after hearing his second appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience. Goggins was very interesting, and very, very […]
  • Shades of Lust and Hate, and Fear, and Love, and Grief June 8, 2020
      I woke beneath a wringing sheet last night To phantom figures cast on midnight screens They rose in opalescent sheets of light Their trains were wet with rot from loathsome dreams   Morbid lights crept over the planes of flesh That spun across those shifting, spectral screens Sharp white incisors rhymed with stark white […]
  • Casey Calvert: Pain Slut May 28, 2020
    As you are by now painfully aware, there two kinds of people in quarantine: the single and the partnered. I fall into the former category and as a result, find myself spending no small volume of time in the company of the very gorgeous Asa Akira. Google teaches that her many talents include podcaster: she […]
  • (I think) She Might Be Crying April 28, 2020
      The floor to ceiling hotel window is A lidless, depthless, staring midnight eye The bed’s reflection breaks along its gaze Sheets rolling in a long, disordered line   Face down, the weave of hair conceals her face As tattered heart’s words tumble to the carpet I am complicit: dumb, and blunt and hard Plumbing […]

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