James M. Emmerling

James M. Emmerling
June 24
Immemorial enjoyment is the most solid of all titles. Tindal, C.J., In the Matter of the Serjeants-at-Law (1840)
There is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed. Thomas Carlyle


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NOVEMBER 4, 2014 8:35PM

Out of State


 Down the highway, down the tracks, down the road to ecstasy

I followed you beneath the stars,

hounded by your memory
And all your ragin’ glory

I been double-crossed now for the very last time and now I’m finally free
I kissed goodbye the howling beast

on the borderline which sRead full post »

A week from tomorrow i am leaving this town to head west and be with the one i love . I expect this final week to stretch out in time insolently, unless i find an intellectual project to consume my mind and keep its treacherous eyeball off the clock. My mind's… Read full post »

 Part 9 of Jmac and my collaborative effort. The penultimate installment.




 Ginsberg chuckled, “So did you enjoy your ménage à trois?”

JMac was about to say, 'I think so,' when Emmerling staggered up and collapsed next to the naked women on theRead full post »


for part 6, see http://open.salon.com/blog/jmac1949/2014/10/14/6_out_of_sequence




Drink these and you’ll feel much better.”

Lolita wrinkled her pretty nose, “What is it?”

Burroughs smiled, “It isRead full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2014 9:56PM

FOR TR IG: 'The Halloween Eyeball'




 I miss my mother most this time of year, for she died on Halloween eve ten years ago  volunteering at the 'Vision Center' Eye clinic, educating lower income people on proper eye care, and giving out samples of an amazing lubricant eye drop product that was subse… Read full post »

OCTOBER 9, 2014 5:24PM

Tumescent in Golgonooza

 This is Part Four of a collaboration with Jmac


For PART THREE, see http://open.salon.com/blog/jmac1949/2014/10/07/bullshit

or http://oursalon.ning.com/profiles/blogs/bullshit

Emmerling finally gathered his wits and asked, “How sir, may I ask, did you manage this incredRead full post »

For Part One of this unfolding collaboration with Jmac, see








He could fly.  Apparently he’d come back as a mutant water beetle

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OCTOBER 3, 2014 4:47PM

Goodbye & Kiss Off

Home is the place where, when you have to go there,

They have to take you in.


 I came to the realization a few nights ago that I am in the process of saying goodbye to the town where I was born & thought I'd live in til IRead full post »

I actually got a full eight hours' sleep today, not due to my 'muse' being any less talkative last night, but because I slept til the crack of noon.

My muse babbles. She used to apologize profusely for this, but I assured her I absolutely love her blathering, and I do. I… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 10:49PM

Blasphemy Day!






'Thou art a man

God is no more

Thine own Humanity

Learn to adore' 





I hadn't heard from the world's greatest philosopher Z in a month when he called me up out of the blue tonight as I was engaging in a… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 9:10PM

What to Do About the Children?

  Or, 'Digesting the Zeitgeist' 

 Or, 'Wherefore We Weave the Weltanschauungs of Our Children'

 But Jesus said unto her,

Let the children first be filled:

for it is not meet to take the children's bread,

and to cast it unto the dogs.

MARK 7:26 

SinceRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014 2:57PM

Wrath and Pity On the Equinox

'I am what is mine. Personality is the original personal property. As the great philosopher of private property (Locke) says, ''By property I must be understood here to mean that property which men have in their persons as well as goods''. Here is the psychological root of private property. Every manRead full post »

My mother died today, 10 years ago, in the wee hours of the morning in the local hospital. My sister texted me today saying'can't believe mom gone 10 years today!  and i answered, 'yep, our first decade as poor motherless children, we 'have a harder time',' referencing the song 'MotherleRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 12:52PM

An Explanation For My Crime of Passion

You may have heard about my crime, it was trending   on Yahoo News and other places too for a few days last week.

Then again, maybe you haven't. That incident in the elevator, captured on the most famous elevator video in world history overshadowed me. As if that wasn't badRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 6:35PM

Making Sweet Love on a Naked Sunday





~now after a while Little-faith came to himself,

and getting up

made shift to scrabble on his way.


Woke this morning still in love, more than ever, but crippled by sciatic nerve back pain. ItRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 4:15AM

I Love Trudy But I Haven't Met Her Yet


 (A Wholesome  Internet Love Story, Part One)


 You lose yourself, you reappear

You suddenly find you got nothing to fear
Alone you stand with nobody near
When a trembling distant voice, unclear
Startles your sleeping ears to hear
That somebody thinks they really have found yo
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 I read a newspaper article today that quite satisfactorily clarified this ISIS situation for me. It was written by Robert P. George for the Philadelphia  Inquirer. I recommend it highly.

  Here is his thesis: that the ISIS phenomenon is indicative of the New TotalitarRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 6:30PM

Dealing With Crazy People

My friend Brian, who lives in my rooming house, wrote down some of his reflections on growing up abused by his dad and developing 'schizo-affective disorder' as a result. He claims to be writing a book . I had another friend who kept a journal about his experiences as a diagnosed… Read full post »

The day I finally got a date with Lolita the new librarian , whom I'd been crushing on for quite awhile, was hot and miserably humid. I wore my usual cutoffs and short sleeve dress shirt to return several very heavy (in both senses) tomes, some of which i'd taken outRead full post »


 Everybody knows that the dice are loaded 

Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed 
Everybody knows that the war is over 
Everybody knows the good guys lost 
Everybody knows the fight was fixed 
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich 
That's how it goes 
EveRead full post »
AUGUST 31, 2014 8:04PM

An Optimistic Prophecy for America


It's coming from the feel 

that this ain't exactly real, 
or it's real, but it ain't exactly there. 
From the wars against disorder, 
from the sirens night and day, 
from the fires of the homeless, 
from the ashes of the gay: 
Democracy is coming to the U.S.
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AUGUST 29, 2014 6:18PM

A New Found Interest in Local Events


 Well, they’ll stone you when you walk all alone

They’ll stone you when you are walking home
They’ll stone you and then say you are brave
They’ll stone you when you are set down in your grave
But I would not feel so all alone
Everybody must get stoned


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AUGUST 26, 2014 6:37PM

Woman's Equality Day, 2014


Oh, sister, when I come to knock on your door
Don't turn away, you'll create sorrow
Time is an ocean but it ends at the shore
You may not see me tomorrow

We grew up

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AUGUST 21, 2014 10:34PM

Gone to the Dogs

 In Scarlet Town, the end is near

The Seven Wonders of the World are here
The evil and the good livin' side by side
All human forms seem glorified
Put your heart on a platter and see who will bite
See who will hold you and kiss you good night
There's walnut groves and maplewood
In Scarlet
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AUGUST 18, 2014 11:30AM

A Cry For Home

"Manic Depression"JIMI HENDRIX

Manic Depression's touching my soul,
I know what I want,
but I just don't know how to go about getting it.

Feeling, sweet feeling
drops from my finger, fingers
Manic Depression's captured my soul.

Woman so willing the sweet cause in vain,
you make love,
you break love,
it's-a al/
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