— by Ted Berrigan
You took a wrong turn in
1938. Don’t worry about it.
The sun shines brightest when
the others are sleeping.
There is a Briss in your
Take heart. Shakespeare was
probably an asshole too.
Your life is rare and precious
& it has no mud. Stay with it.
You have strange friends, but
they are going to be strangers.
Everything is Maya, but you
will never know it.
Your gaiety is not cowardice,
but it may be hepatitis.
One of my favorite poems, All-Time category:
— by John Tranter
Another fuckwit drops into the dustbin
of history, just as we’re finishing our coffee.
Some of us are meant to burn out, is that
right? Like roman candles, across the night sky.
I want to go up like a tree, not a rocket.
I’d like to get drunk disgracefully
with a favorite niece, and grow old
among an amplitude of footnotes.
Pour me another Pernod, Famous Poet, and
tell me again about the doomstruck literati,
those dropouts immortalized in ink — your
thirst, your secret greed, your mausoleum.
(click on the photo below)
Hometapes own Friend Island at Hopscotch this year in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, September 10. The Caribbean will be performing at 3pm at Tir Na Nog (218 South Blount) and then again at 9pm at the same joint! We’ll be the ones with antidepressants and Stratocasters.
If you haven’t already done so, please stop by the great Daytrotter and download — for free — The Caribbean’s performance in the Daytrotter studio. Matt’s snare drum rules, by the way. Well, Matt, too.
Also, we have some shows coming up:
• August 4 - The Woods, Portland OR
• August 5 - The Rendezvous, Seattle WA
• August 6 - Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver BC
• August 9 - Black Cat, Washington, DC
^ Here (above)’s a Washington Post review of the group’s performance at the Velvet in June (Photography: Josh Sisk - For The Washington Post)