“Recognizing Her” / Memorable Fancies #1370

[“Years later, I recognized her walk a block away.” – Ron Silliman] but not her face. I guess I never looked at it much. <END> The writer at One More Page Books, Arlington, Virginia … [Read more...]

“Tremors of Desire” / Memorable Fancies #1328

[of a Dr. Forman “...with his companion and bed-fellow, Henry Gird.” William Carew Hazlitt (1905)] In that innocent time and up through perhaps the 1950s, it was common for men to share a bed when times were tough, or in a poor rooming house or a logging camp, or if they could afford only one small bed. This was done without embarrassment, without feeling the need to tell the other “I’m not...” But even then, perhaps there was an unacknowledged hint, a tremor of desire, a sleeping … [Read more...]

“Sex-tistics” / Memorable Fancies #1234

      A recent survey claimed that the typical American couple has sex two to three times a month.      But that’s actually just a guess, based on men’s responses of “Every night (almost)!”, and women’s responses of “Whatever; I don’t remember.” <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: For Anacreon, 30 poems of love and life from the ancient Greek poet (originally published as a chapbook by Silkworms Ink). … [Read more...]

“Your Bright Red Lips” / Memorable Fancies #840

         I’m enchanted by your blue eyes and sensuously gleaming bright red lips. But I find your constantly shifting gaze, perhaps to see if there’s anyone around you’d rather speak with than me, a little distracting. And I want to see those lips move, and hear your voice. But since I paid only 99 cents for you at the App Store, I guess I shouldn’t expect too much. <END> THE PITCH If you liked this post, please tell your friends and share a comment here or on Facebook or other … [Read more...]

“Just Like Me” / Memorable Fancies #837

         I took up Another You, Inc. on their offer and had an exact double made of me, my “Two,” a robot but also a living being who could do the routine and boring parts of my accounting job and keep the apartment clean, too.          Two turned out to be a nice fellow, really, but a bit stand-offish; pretty much like me. Sally, my current love, said he was “cute,” teasingly said she might like to date him when I was away on business.          The next day, I took Two back to the shop … [Read more...]

“Crime and Punishment” / Memorable Fancies #825

         Politely, now, we allow those guilty of crimes to pay us money, or sit in a prison cell, or be exposed to public humiliation, as symbols of the sudden justice we would like to wreak upon them but now, by law, cannot.         But we remember: it was blood, back in the old days. Blood. Nothing else could atone for crimes, for ripping the fabric of society. And perhaps that’s still true even now, when we feel that money or imprisonment or shame doesn’t quite meet our frantic passions, … [Read more...]

Five Briefs / Memorable Fancies #818

The loudspeaker and the loud speaker – they use the same words – but from one of them the meaning itself sounds … what? more insistent, more invasive? # Thy will be done – thy will! The nodding, cunning gods, we thought they wanted prayer from us, contrition, maybe even Love – but no, that was all for show. They wanted our souls — to gorge on. # [“‘Thinking of him’ is as it were nailing him with my thought.” – Wittgenstein] Yes, I have him now. Another butterfly for my collection. … [Read more...]