I have to confess that though I love Pride and the community progress it stands for, I also hate Pride and the massive opportunity to be ignored by more men at one time than my ego can take. Trying to stop and take in booths is nearly impossible with so many people wanting to do the same, or with booth operators more focused on their particular, & usually much younger, demographic.
The Beautiful & The Damed at Pride2012 gave a great show under standard, but taxing circumstances – we were on at 3 p.m. during the hight of the Parade – the audience was sizeable and responsive. Taxing included the sweltering heat, the unshaded stage, and for Amoeba Starfish – electronic equipment that ‘wilted’ under that intense heat.
They opened the show with a cooling ambient piece that Lizzie Violet,s words slipped into easily. I always enjoy being reminded that chlamydia is not a flower. I followed her with Dancing and Necking, Oogie Inferno (fitting in the blazing sun) – Starfish gave me a fine driving beat to work with. I enjoy using my Kindle on stage. It doesn’t pull focus the way paper does and almost looks like I’m off book.
Next up was Philip Cairns – I’m glad I had sunglasses on to deal with his blinding bling. He did great pieces about Paris and several short wry reflections about being a hot queer. After him was David Bateman with strong, funny & emotional work that should guarantee him a place in the Farmers Almanac. Last up was DM Moore with one of her chilling & moving Lost Girls pieces. It was about now that the electronics gave up the ghost – you can’t cool down a hard drive with an ice pack.
We each had put together short sets so as not to run over our allotted 50 minutes. As it turned out we had all underestimated and got the opportunity to do a couple of more pieces each in round robin till we had earned our keep. No poet leaves the house with only a few pieces and my Kindle had lots to choose from. I did selections from the Brown Betty collection: I Kissed A Girl, Unmasked & Dad’s Pockets. Starfish came back to life just long enough for some sweet Hendrix work for Unmasked (my Hendrix piece.) I was glad to do it to give balance to Oogie – some homos like Jimi Hendrix more than they like Nona Hendryx.
It was a great but exhausting show. Philip did excellent work organizing things with the Pride people, DM Moore made sure we got to be there (right where we belong) & The Damned were Beautifully sweating.
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Hendrix: burning the midnight lamp
soon … I wish I was a merman
messy coffee table
open bottles wine beer Scotch
weed rolled in papers too thin to write on
yet strong enough to hold a shared dream
three of us
Del me Kathy
share this joint enterprise
laugh at a phrase I was going through
hands touch to pass
the precious opener of minds
or rather the opener of pants
as Del loudly called it
his eyes on Kathy
she gave him a look
that said ‘see you later’
then left with her cigarettes
and the remains of the wine
‘uptight bitch’ Del laughed
as the door shut
the supply on hand
held more appeal than
the supply leaving the room
that Jimi guitar
hooked its way around our brain
led our vision across patterns
my voodoo child eyes would wander
all along the corduroy
that hugged and held Del
he invitingly pushed the coffee table away
to make room on the floor
we had become so smoke soft
only the backless floor could
hold our floating rolling bodies
till we found ourselves
I could feel the crosstown traffic of my heart
the sensation of his tongue on mine
the coarse grind of pubic hair on stomach
a move for a breath of air
to refresh the disguise of liquor
thighs hands lips
trimming a midnight lamp
that still burns today
but no longer needs
the bottled mask of permission
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