Unlikely Stories Presents

LUKE BUCKHAM has metaphysical testicles

this is not a real home.
the walls are so thin
the neighbors listen in.
keep the noise down,
they're complaining.
--John Lydon

I was not born to be a second-hander.
--Ayn Rand

When you have to shoot a bullet at someone just to say hello, that's pretty weird, isn't it?
--Captain Beefheart

To the Unlikely Stories home pageLuke Buckham, in his deerskin capFor those of you that feel that reality is a waste of time and surreality requires no inebriant to conquer the consciousness, I have a suggestion. Enter the mad, violent world of Luke Buckham. With crazy and vile imagery, that nonetheless gets its point clearly across, the epic poems of Luke Buckham skewer society, viciously tearing apart our perceptions and value system.

Luke says, "I live in a cantankerous automobile in Podunk, New Hampshire, writing prophetic jokes on the dashboard with a knife during the night. During the day I walk through towns cluttered with unbearably boring architecture, occasionally annoying the tiny-minded denizens with my disdainful laughter at their empty, false patriotism & their emptier conversations (& lives). I work at a liquor store about 12 hrs./week to keep myself well-stocked with music, books, & food. Most people I have known, and even those I like, believe that this particular culturally-deprived period in history is a bad time to be me, since my beliefs cannot usually be summed up by bumper stickers. I couldn't disagree more. I am unequivocally thrilled at the challenge, and more than equal to it.

"And my shivering lover, Poetry? She's not dead, just recovering from several unsuccessful suicide attempts without the aid of health insurance. I myself enjoy art from all cultures, time periods, & viewpoints. I love Blake, Lorca, Mayakovsky, Dante, Bei Dao, David Lerner, cummings, Sexton...but most af all I love to read my own poetry fresh from the pen. I have forced D.A. Levy & T.S Eliot to sit next to one another on my bookcase, and I don't think that they are actually that dissimilar. I listen to everything from Public Image Ltd. to Debussy, & have as much respect for the Wu-Tang album "Liquid Swords" by Genius as I do for "Notes From the Underground" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I have very little patience for the severely limited thought and the lack of humor (replaced until recently by careful cynicism) that populate pop culture and this turgid continent in general. But that's old news. The important thing is to find the gold beneath society's compost heap.

"Current poetry, despite the fact that living people like Charles Simic & Sapphire have recently published great work, has become cluttered with cowardly, cliched, unmemorable verse. I would like to say gradiosely that I have come to destroy it, but history will take care of that, as it always has. One of the most admirable features of the American people, and humanity in general, is that while the general public does it's job to keep fads & their advertisers comfortably alive, the counterculture usually manages, by virtue of it's considerably longer attention span, to preserve art that is superb, to pass it down to future generations so that it outlives that which is facile, ingratiating, & untruthful in the "mainstream". This is why I am able to access work by my favorite painter, Hieronymous Bosch, even though he died nearly 500 yrs. ago. Still, even in this country, the work of great poets like Jack Micheline & Harold Norse has gone out of print, and this is shameful. It means that the counterculture could be doing a much better job.

"As for me, I have recently turned 21, and decided that it is time for my voice to be heard. I suggest that you do the same." Check out some of his other works at The Best of San Francisco, ImproviJazzation, and Concrete Abstract, or write to him at aworminmywall@hotmail.com.

Luke's works here at Unlikely Stories are:

You Asked Me To Tell You What's Going On Here So I'll Tell You: Admit This to Women:
Eating in Daylight No Arrival.
Attraction Earth Come Unstuck

perfect I Have Known
the white sand and the sun The Glutton God
ancient invitations the loneliness of birth
Highway 95 the life whose little door is swinging shut

godfunk the agony rest everything at once
redhead insomniac song come
sky copy beauty not copy/the end counterclockwise
Chapters 9 through 11 of lucidity and dream to enjoy
columns for the many children i never was heaven fits in my suitcase
gertrude eating flowers indiscriminately
quilts fences
letter from common nonsense help me haul this night
forgetting all your wars alarm clocks trampled on the sidewalks, massah.
your mouth will stop here all the obvious shades
hrumph! mars is warming up
--holy holy in the unholy dust-- hope we can wait, galileo.
something didn't happen landscape & brain
my short-cuts have all been paved binocular necrosis
i'll tell you what it is, honey be still & travel with a new prayer
unnamed fun? black & white summer
it's raining bathtubs the light that is mine
the supermarket murders, or, muffins i was a child
This You'll Never Know i have only so much time for myself, now

a goodbye to most doors love's maniac
indigo snake in the orgone box a so-called luddite's metaphysical hammer sends sparks
a phantasmagoria featuring spastic & languid figures in opposition; extraterritorial triumph
winter's comedian the landfill symphonies