Carved pencil lead art by Salavat Fidai, featured on the blog thisiscolossal. Fair use
“Go F*ck Yourself I’m Coloring” is what I’m currently “reading”. It contains no sentences aside from the pitch at the end which asks for reviews. When I’m done, I’ll write a review because the author asked.
The no-sentence form is my speed, now, in this age of screens and quarter-second attention spans, and alternative facts and a bifurcated view of science that allows for the typing of sentences on keyboards by those who use the fruits of the same physics and chemistry and biology that underpin the validity of climate change (said science (and engineering) being co-eval with the ability to launch satellites and craft solid-state hard drives and exploit 7 year old Congolese children to mine the cobalt that is needed to manufacture the iPhone you might be reading this on) while still exhibiting stunning cognitive dissonance in denying the rest of the family, as it were – blissfully ignorant that they would be *unable* to spew their misinformed selective misanthropy and misogyny without it.
Math is not a rumor.
Bright pencils. Stay between the lines. No need for punctuation (which, after all, I don’t use in my poetry, anyways.) Who needs books with paragraphs and chapters and series and people loving and dying and betraying?
It’s good form, isn’t it, to follow through on someone else’s query? Not the clickbait kind, or the rhetorical – not the ones where the answer is definitely “no” (or “yes” if you’re on the opposite side of the equation) – but the kind of question which settles in, like a friendly cat around your ankles, keeping you from moving on until you’ve paid enough attention – the focused kind, where you don’t scratch behind the ears too hard under threat of claws, but where you elicit *that* purr that in turn activates your own pleasure center. That kind of question – that’s the kind on which to follow through, isn’t it?
It’s more than colorful language, in this book. Well, at the moment, less than colorful. It’s only black and white until we answer those questions, until we give in to the purr and respond.
Let me ask you a question. Are you still reading? Of course, that’s a yes/no question, but not clickbait, or rhetorical. It’s the lead-in to the follow-up: why? Why stay here, when there are mountains to climb, rivers to ford, oceans to sail, gardens to plant or weed or harvest, lovers to love, wine to drink, meals to shop for and prepare and cook and feast and then dessert! With whipped cream! Why keep reading about a curse-word now-blank coloring book (with a pending review) when there is color *all* *around* *you*, asking its own questions – the kinds only you can hear, and answer?
Prose “poetry” for Meeting The Bar at dVerse, if overlong (sorry, Frank.)
Amnesty International‘s report, picked up and expanded by other agencies like The Guardian, report on children being used to mine precious minerals used in electronics manufactured by giants like Apple and Samsung.
Climate change is anthropogenic. NASA (among others) has comprehensive data.
Coloring book at Amazon.