A Flight of Ideas: David and Louise

David weighs 300 pounds but thinks he’s a skinny woman
named Louise.

David draws Louise on his belly with lipstick so everyone else
will see her.

David’s face squirms on his skull like a snake shedding its skin.

It’s a side effect of his meds.

Louise is a sage young woman with wise advice.

Louise thinks I should forget about Nurse Judy and fuck a
slab of liver.

One day Louise said she was pissed about her face and hated
the man that owns it.

I said I’d ask for more cogentin but Louise wanted David to ask.

I decided to slice David’s face so Louise could get some rest.

I told Judy about it in the dining room and realized I was trapped
in the movie, Possessed.

If this is hard to understand try being me.

I am also a face; an amorphous face that doesn’t exist.

You are here because you want to be here:

SO WHY BLAME ME FOR WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND?

Perhaps I’m a homeless old man raving in the back
of a crowded city bus.

But you’ve paid to see this so why are you complaining?

And if you’re not complaining, why not?

Digital painting of a face iin shadows, based on a VR photo of an avatar
I am also a face; an amorphous face that doesn’t exist

(c) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved.

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The Way

One way to do it, he says, is to douse yourself in
alcohol and set your bed on fire.

In the hole men chew their veins out; now that’s
ambition!

These are lectures on Blood and the Way.

With God’s love we are never abandoned.

He is the way and a way out

–unlock–pull trigger–

“I’m a hustler, he says, I never go back to
the same trick twice for a cigarette!”

As a finale we laugh ourselves to death.

Rob Goldstein (c) 2014-2017 All Rights Reserved

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My Femininity

A woman
of no
fixed
gender,
abjectly
free
of
memory
yet
pregnant
with
forgotten
wounds.

image and text (c) Rob Goldstein 2017

An Interview with Harold Norse, Part 4: This is going to be Psycho Drama

In this short clip Norse and I are completely relaxed and
in animated conversation.

Norse answers the question I posed at the close of part 3 by
reminding me of a discussion we had before I moved in.

“I said Rob, this is going to be Psycho Drama; not literature class’

My voice in section 4 of the Interview is younger and I detect
a Southern accent.

It’s Bobby’s voice.

It’s odd to hear an alternate’s voice.

It’s also odd  to read an account of an evening I spent
in 1987 with writer, Darell Yates-Rist .

Rist was traveling the United States to write Heartlands,
his book about being gay in America.

I agreed to give him a night tour of San Francisco.

Rist published Heartlands in 1992.

He describes the Cottage I shared with Norse on Albion Street.

Rist died from HIV in 1993.

Part four of the interview with Norse picks up where part three ended.

It’s brief and ends when Norse leaves to feed a parking meter.

An Interview with Harold Norse, Part 4.

An Interview with Harold Norse, Part 1.

An Interview with Harold Norse, Part 2.

(c) Rob Goldstein 2017 All Rights Reserved

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