James Hart / Fiction

If fiction is dead, reality is not far behind.

James Hart

James Hart
Be Home Soon,
December 31
Hart will have maintained this blog for One-hundred-sixty-nine million, nine-hundred-forty-eight thousand, six-hundred seconds through 31 May 2014. ******************************** ******************************** ******************************* A carpenter's level designs a calm sea. ******************************** ******************************** Violent movies and prime-time TV shows ought to have disclaimers as reality checks during curtain calls. The cast could gather for a bow and civil handshake and or cheek kisses in order to demonstrate (to the least sophisticated among us) to let us know that the aforementioned carnage was make believe. A fiction. An entertainment. Such reality checks (and stage craft tribute) would well serve a fairness to the deranged among us who are prone to confuse the fantasia of entertainment violence as 'acceptable reality behavior'. There are legions of empty vessels awaiting sustenance about 'how' to react. With sure-bet frequency, the ubiquity of guns and conditioned criminal reflex results in aberrant behavior with subsequent ruinous acts of violence. We see it along the road. We read it and see it and hear it in the news. Such a paradigm! Odd that bow and bow and bow and bow are the same word. One for thank you, one for protection (?}, and the other to stay off the icebergs ... and of course there's the shoe tie, and gift wrap and that bloke from Saginaw, reading USA Today on the Greyhound. Here's a limerick from my Average Guy series: Of all emotion, the grin 'n frown, the best among us, stand down. ******************************** Here's a paragraph from my Average Guy: a couple of satiate dinner guests had ensconced themselves on the living room sofa.* * Whoops that was an abandoned paste, thanks, Merriam W. }One Moment{ Like all boys they wanted everything: the wild treetops and Tarzan hollers, then back to the soccer game on Channel 9 with their buttered microwave popcorn and tough-guy toothpicks. The painted fancy news ladies, in high skirts. Slivered clapboard was a place to carve initials. Not far, canaries built their own thatch nest, hunkered and still against the wind from all directions. An onyx black crow its wing tips torn of feather like a shrapnel-wounded plane, stood watching. Until it was yellow and black, a flurry of woven grass and fallen scatter of shadowed ruin. A swooped escape of yellow dots and the black clawing predator of powerful wide wing, its bright beak triumphant to the sunshine, the white fluff chicks burst within merciless gripped coil. A quick flight toward 3 o'clock backward through nascent Linden buds. An automatic trick spiraling, a mystical bullet, the motion at once there and gone to stellar over soul of weathered naked branch. Its prize of canary chicks: a satiation to the endless March blue. ******************************** (more) Average Guy Then the Old Spiced Fuller Brush man shows up blowing Lucky Strike smoke rings, Dinah Shore had her own hour, and ol' Ike poured concrete, coast to coast. Sundays? Victory at Sea, Archbishop Sheen, Groucho Marx, I'm never sure, such awhile back, weren't the Commies about to attack? Then who'd blink first, Nikita or Jack? ******************************** She spoke of life she did. I'd a fascinating 'eye in the sky' riff' invoking the richly named Auden, at midnight: A to F, clamored-clack of generous muse, nearly always helmeted faces appeared, dusty in white powder, an encounter along the parallel hedgerow , of dog-eared tome, her lips an alabaster meow: some kindling, Edward R. Murrow, the who, what, where when and howl Another magnolia time, first daffodils, another year from June, cold-level ferns as white knuckles; O the color of yellow sugared Chuckles. a sow with piglets, upon the soil: where oil prisms the mud, A new day, so near insane, this autumn an abject postpartum; O bacon, o eggs, why did I start'em? Now I have to eat, the ceiling fan, an aeroplane prop, a yolk slurp, one more word, perhaps a fast break, maybe a dark hour, nothing but cake ... a belly ache ... cooler by the lake. &ah:It's a bit early, Oxford level though, as I'm left, in our adage: truth may vary. If only Aynie would have used "Atlas Mugged", as real utopian form. Keep those Dreamliners rollin'! Until greed and fear return to the dictionary, beyond the zone of human nature. Operative words above: OXFORD & ADAGE &/or: PEOPLE WE GOT THE POWER


JANUARY 31, 2013 6:45AM

January Thaw

                      yo-yo like, the tempurature varied by 95 degrees

                    snow, icy  freezing rain then salty slush froze, melted

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JANUARY 14, 2013 1:04PM


                                 too cold to snow

Now you've caught my long distance run on past the w… Read full post »
JANUARY 12, 2013 1:38PM

I Should be Changing the Oil



                          winter rain punished the snow cover







I'm not sure of any of it.

Not a day wastes to nether without stumbling upon a hitherto 'unknown' with slick buzzRead full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2012 11:38AM














Gloria Maryann and I packed everything we needed even as the sooty detrital and oily frozen slush on the garage floor would mess up the possibility of a warm and dry ramp to the X-way.

"Let's leave the… Read full post »
DECEMBER 26, 2012 10:58AM


It would be good
to have your picture
to touch the sorrow
of your dead hands
to see that smile
this final time
and listen as 
you might say
before the precipice
a door thick 
as scripture
a roll of blanket sea
water the depth
of our despair
dice on felt
vapor your
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DECEMBER 21, 2012 12:27PM

The NRA Report Card




A fanatic NRA operative immediately changes the debate to mental (individualized) illness away from institutional neurosis, away from ALEC's and the NRA's politicized reinforcement of its self-acclaimed omniscience. Watch for ribald continuation of militaristic paranoia and&nbRead full post »

DECEMBER 20, 2012 12:55PM

Blood On NRA Report Card

A boorish NRA operative immediately changes the debate to mental (individualized) illness away from institutional neurosis, away from ALEC's and the NRA's pathological reinforcement of its self-acclaimed omniscience. Ribald continuation of militaristic paranoia and usury of its true believe… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 28, 2012 12:47PM

Minot [flash fiction]



                                         rain sleet and extreme wind










He backtracked toward the overpass.  Snow, frRead full post »

NOVEMBER 26, 2012 3:54PM

Transient [Flash Fiction]



                           ominous clouds battered the horizon





He'd seen most of it before.  A seasonal clamor such as a large V. The top of which clamped closed--a deafening steeRead full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2012 6:16PM

Perpetual Politics



 A President decided
Great news from Ohio
No votes were slighted
All votes count, high and low

A toll tallied, a poll sited,
Tick-tock, just a minute
Campaign 2016 ignited
Never mind how you spin it

OCTOBER 12, 2012 1:12PM

Contentious Heat























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OCTOBER 2, 2012 8:34AM

Circa October

    the rain stayed away, ants and grasshoppers make no never mind
though the sky is grey
you hear piano play
SEPTEMBER 16, 2012 6:05AM

Stone Words ----------->Poem

You are
drop dead
and encumbered,
sorted out

Of perpetual gliding trains,
aquamarine lakes
riveted steel glimpses of
species, those broken rain ravished
AUGUST 16, 2012 7:23AM

America, thank you!


 AMERICA, thankyou

How much do I love thee
with wondrous words:free
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Circumstance unideal. An obsolete redline, words fled unspoken, a wonderful childhood shame,will you please move along the monkey bars, your shoulders prepped later for three from the floor, ringless net fear, and cloRead full post »
















Scene/ center stage

Lighting/ blue but not too dark to see if one is wearing shades 

Prop/ three horse Merry-go-Round, loudly spinning w/o music


I'll remember you--Steve

no, I'll remem… Read full post »

                                   rain fell like copious snot
1)  Keith Oberman has left the building.
JULY 24, 2012 10:20PM

Boot Heels





                                            Clouds carry rain.










They are.

Doing something.

UpstaRead full post »

JULY 17, 2012 5:00AM

All Summer Long [Flash Fiction]













Off shore away from the piers they said big fish hid and waited near the drop off of the weed line where the buoys were marked with simple words: NO WAKE

The barrels tilted and bobbed on coarse plasticRead full post »

JUNE 30, 2012 2:29PM

100 Degrees in the Rust Belt



                                          Some prayed for rain.




A silent savagery, the repetition of days on end, red days, sun.

Tomorrow's opporRead full post »

JUNE 24, 2012 12:01PM

Novella Excerpt





Karpinsky and Dog stood catty-corner aside the intersection from the taking of the Purple House. Traffic was inordinately puzzled: a crescent shape of orange barrels and mesh construction barriers bowed from the corner, the traffic lights blinked amber, the alternated stopRead full post »

JUNE 16, 2012 5:52PM

Alive Forever


               Rain finally fell intensly abandoning the mind of man.













AlreaRead full post »

JUNE 9, 2012 4:11PM

Spam Ever S0 Vastly Spam



 What's worse, spam or posts about spam?  Spam is worse, otherwise there'd be no posts about spam.






Last week, Ray Bradbury died on the anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, rock legend Bob Welch died, and Tom BarretRead full post »














He always hated occasions like this particularly on a warm summer wind day, whenever he heard the reverse sound of a backing garbage truck--those beeps--the clean truck around the corner, the green maRead full post »

MAY 26, 2012 2:00PM

ODE: No Piano Hidden Today

           It rained a good while until I thought of you
ade .000,009 yards, cloth, thumb index cloth thin… Read full post »