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. Times two (roughly) deep in the Twenty-Fifteen. ******************************** ******************************** ******************************* 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

















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 »
MAY 19, 2012 9:34AM

Kafka Woke Me





                                           raining cats mit dogs








Man pours coffee adds nothing to the stone mug.

MAY 16, 2012 8:11AM

Deeply from the Sixty-Six

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MAY 12, 2012 9:10AM

Poem Not About Poetry











                                                        rain delay 


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APRIL 29, 2012 1:47PM

Dead Bird

                                    As it rains.
    &n… Read full post »
APRIL 28, 2012 9:34AM

I See You Are Old













I see you are old

and your thoughts young

that you miss the clack
of a taut-ribbon typewriter
and large cash, 10's, 20's
an assured walk over
unused sidewalks
diminished wind chimes… Read full post »

 Albatross no loss
Atlantic crossed white wave toss
Asleep a sailor
Cat rests: sun warm stone
Chipmunk faces no fancy rhyme
Chattering wind chime
Dolphin dives cold, deep   &n… Read full post »
APRIL 6, 2012 8:11AM

Fiction: Easter in Dixie 1962

[Due south on Rt. 41: a warm spring family vacation in 1962 all downward to Galveston,Texas. Parents and the boy and girl and grandmother Flannery packed tightly in a 1956 Chevrolet. The Chevy was chartreuse and black with a continental tire kit.]
MARCH 27, 2012 12:52AM

Walking to My Father's House

weren't warm
hood up,
tea candy
and just me

Hey you!

Walking to my father's house
My father's house let me be, hey


Walking to my… Read full post »
MARCH 24, 2012 3:21PM





Theater is dead

Though the matinee begins

Time knows no actor


Night's watch, and birds fought                      Gone again dark night

Even the half moon stood still &Read full post »


                                           an infinite short story 




  cross the street from the Dairy Queen I espied a sea hawk. She circled hoRead full post »

MARCH 16, 2012 6:00AM

POEM: We Are Leaving

winded days,
our sand
twelve, would it be
months, but

years bundle
ten, as seconds

gallons of grapes,
windward dust
and dauntless
mad with the insane
no compass,… Read full post »
MARCH 13, 2012 3:04AM

POEM: Contrarian

as poems
by fools
like thee
only Zorro
the sorrow
of names 
that start
with Z
as poems
by fools
for free
can be
MARCH 5, 2012 8:03AM

POEM: Really





                                               (insert image)






Out there now            Read full post »

MARCH 3, 2012 12:11AM

Fiction: Stunned Silence













There'd been a dampness through the legs up off the concrete for several days now. The weather map again swirls with layered snow squalls.  And massive blizzard.


Fast sea air approaches and flails wet snowRead full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2012 4:16AM











there would be a tending                        wind beneath tents                           bundles of thin magaRead full post »