Monday, March 30, 2009

It was a very short distance
from where I sat on the bed,
and he stood at the foot of it
with his face turned from me.
Seven bullets couldn't miss him.
Some of them didn't.

Bruno Fischer
Fools Walk In

Monday, March 23, 2009

Want me to squeeze
the blood out?
Or maybe I could stop
the bleeding?
Cauterize it with my

Kenzo Kitakata
The Cage
(translated by Paul Warham)

Monday, March 16, 2009

In the magician's land of make-
   believe and illusion
what one doesn't see is always
   there . . .
only one doesn't see it
until the conjurer is ready to
   show it.
The silks are stuffed within the
   hollow egg,
the flowers collapsed within the palm
   of his hand,
the card concealed on the back of his
But death is the greatest necromancer
   of all;
in a moment of inattention,
he makes his sleight and palms a
and one does not realize
that the breathing figure is gone.

Bill S. Ballinger
The Tooth and the Nail

Monday, March 9, 2009

The Good Humor man passed,
his wagon full of ice cream.
Maybe an ice cream
would taste good,
Joe mused.

Then again
maybe it wouldn't.

Go to hell,
Good Humor Man.

Lawrence Block
Pads Are for Passion

Monday, March 2, 2009

She went along the sidewalk in
   the sun
looking like something the censors
had cut out of a sailor's dream.

Charles Williams
A Touch of Death