Tracie Morris

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My Great Grand Aunt Meets a Bush Supporter (audio)

 

eyes wide shut: a not-neo benshi read (excerpt)*

 

Wardens, close in, capture. Brothers put things where they belong.

The scariest people in the world are not Black
The scariest people in the world are not Black
The scariest people in the world are not Black
The scariest people in the world are not Black
The scariest people in the world are not Black

She slips on Black sometimes, then slips it off.

In high relief, Black is the background
In high relief, Black is the background

White is at the forefront, couple letters, couple notes
White is at the forefront, couple letters, couple notes
White is at the forefront, couple letters, couple notes

Honey, get it together lets go: where’s the money?

“Isn’t it on the bedside table?”

“Now lissen”. Glissen lissen glissen lissen. “I know”

I don’t wash my hands first. Let’s be a little dirty
I don’t wash my hands first. Let’s be a little dirty.

You look like a swan Leda, your hands aren’t clean.
Afterthought splashing: Zeus detritus, Odin’s seed.

(Dry on blue. The driest blue.) “All right, all right”
I’m ready.

A small man with money gets a tall woman
A small man with money gets a tall woman

He stacks up and she lies down

What’s the name of the baby sitter baby? Where’s the baby?
What’s the name of the baby sitter baby? Who’s the baby?

We’re rich enough to have a White one
Rich enough to have a White one.
Enough to have a White one.

You even know her “The Nutcracker”
Know her, name her. No ‘er name ‘er noer
namer noer namer noer namer noer namer
A little late for that.

Wriggling fingers, a hand signal, a little girl. I see ya.

Walk down the runway. We’re the winners.
Walk down the runway, we’re the winners.

Star celebrate: the holidays.
What kind of star? What day is today?

Victor, victor. Trophy, trophy. Victor, victor trophy trophy.
Yes he does. Red wearing wife knows what he loves.

I make a fist, I touch you.

(“I touch you”)

We’re close but not that close. Close but not that close.
Closer, clothes. Closer clothes. The closers. White star trellis, electric flowers.
White star trellis, electric flowers.

Harnessing the white their: contained and pretty.
White ceilings and floors, lights and people.
White ceilings and floors,
Lights and people.

“Not a soul.”

“This is what you get”… this is what you get, is what you get.

Could it be more obvious than white keys? More obvious white keys?
Overt white keys. Overwhite, a key.

Rich enough to have a white band. Band in white. “You see that guy?”

“Thank you.” … Bandy about white.

White couple splits. She says to W.C. W.C. W.C
We’ll see, we’ll see.

Sipping more comfortable. Cover comfort, slipping.

Singer in the coal mine, Nightingale canary.
Sounder in the coalmine, nightingale canary.
“Oh my God, Bill. How long’s it been?”

No yellow feathers he’s plucked over.
White feathers, white feathers, white feathers.
Pointed, features.

I’m touching. You’re touching me.
I’m touching you. You’re touching me.

“Not too bad.” ‘sup doc. You a pianist.
“Well, my friends call me that.”

“I never did understand.”
A lot less than you think.

No fraternizing artist, you’re the help.
Nightingale. Help. The help. Canary.
Help, help. Canary. Seeing you,
seeing you the help. Seeing you seeing you help.

Touch me touching you touch me, man. My God. Surprise.
Two Black bow ties, black exes, over whites of his eyes.

Turns from one to too. You. Thirsty. I want some. I want some.
Nice glass. My glass. “I’m absolutely certain.” I swallow, birdie. Thirst
My name is a snake, snack, snake – a snake. Good eve.

Tall man wants a small woman, can see down her front.
Tall man wants a small woman, can see down her front.
Apple breasts, lovely. Forgive me, if I’m blunt.

Eyes out. Eyes out.

Let’s talk costs baby. How much do you know?
Let’s talk value honey, how much do you know?
White noise, classy lady. Go baby go. Go baby, go!

Takes her for a test drive, a test drive, test. Testing.
“What do you do?”Let’s get to the money. The money, the money.

I can get you some. I can get you,
get you, get you. Sums. Sums.

Flowers under a tree with dark bark: Petals ‘round the décolletage.
You know you know you know you know. I know you know…

How rings around the rosies go. Rings around the rosies go.
Oooh Oh!
Oooh oh uh oh. Oooh oh uh oh. Oooh oh uh oh:

(Alice is the rabbit hole.)

Money & marriage: m&m make the deal.
Make the deal, make the deal. Make the deal — as good as that.

Me & you and her are cute. Me & you and her are cute.
Me & you and her on cue. On cue. A spelled name, a spell.

Let’s broach the subject of your sex. Segue to sex. Snake.
Broaching her draped on his lapel.

Work the knowledge
work the knowledge.

Too hard? Harder, harder
I bet, I know.

Exactly. Exactly.

Let’s find out. What you know, doc.
(A lot less than you think.)

The top of the staircase has a dead chick.
The top of the staircase has a dead chick.

And a man with suspenders putting in his dick.
And a man in suspenders putting in his dick.

Chick behind him and a chick in front.
Chick behind him and a chick in front.

You know what I can rhyme here.
(You know I won’t.)

Move your head, Mandy.
Can you move your head? That’s right.

Open your eyes.
Open your eyes. You’re ice.

Look at me, Mandy. I’m a man. Mandy. I’m a man.
Look when I say, dammit. I’m a man. Good. Good.

Baby let’s make it quick. Let’s go up.
Chill around the statues, cold as fuck.

The bathroom again, big as my house.
Blue, feral drying mess. Dead water mouse.

You know that. You know that.
I know. I know. You.

Victor the victor, wants to take out the trash.
Wins, wants to take out trash.
Can’t ruin the party for a little snatch.
Helluva party in a little snatch.

Snatch her snatch snack.
Snatch her snatch back.

Two men talk about man things.
Two men talk about man things.
Both of them know how the dick swings.
Both of them know which way the dick swings.

Star bright life of the party, lampshade halo
I think I have to go now. Go baby go! Go baby go!

Of course you will…

Yes. I do. No I won’t.

Drunk but not that drunk. Feelin’ lucky punk?
Keeps his hands on, jerky with his spunk.

Look in the looking glass. Nods to herself.
Looks in the mirror nods to herself.
Sees another world, puts glasses on the shelf.
Open eyes on a shelf.

Look into the mirror sneaking tongues.
Speaking tongues. They’re speaking tongues.
“Alright. I’m ready.”

Steel accordion elevator smug man comes out
Steel accordion elevator smug man comes out

Bright day ahead. Is there ever any doubt?
Smiles and orders. Never done, without.

Nice being a housewife, house like that
Spices in the background, cartoon living with a rugrat

Chin up son, you’ll be just like me
Chin up. We’re what they want. Watch tv?

Not a drop of fat on her ‘cept in the right places
Long legs like that she’s ready for the races
Philly like that, goes through the paces.

Another leg up,
Another White male says yeah.
Doc’s takes care of him, he’s taking care.

Both getting ready, pheromones are important
Both getting ready, pheromones are important
Van Gogh in perfect present, wrapping’s not distorted
Lovingly contorted.

Girl starting early, takes years to get ready
Start early kid, takes years to get ready.
Just like momma by the time you’re going steady
Prep to get the guy. It gets Heady.

Sticking to the niceties is how you keep your business
Sticking to the niceties is how you keep your business
It’s “what you get.”

How do you feel? How do you feel?
About wrapping? Rapping? Telling.

I look. I look. I see what’s here, what’s coming.
Band-aid. Let’s fix this thing. Fix is in. Fixin’ in.

Tell me some thing. some thing. (deep weeds)
Those two: thing one, thing two.

Did you did you? Happen to?
What are you?

I’m talking. I’m talking.

I wasn’t hitting. I wasn’t on.

Oh.

the models. new models?
the (old one) models.

that man. what did he want?
what did he want? what did he want.

then and there?

that was. that was. That’s all.
That’s right.

Woah. Woah. What you’re saying?
What men are alike?

There are exceptions. what makes you
What makes me. What makes you

I happen to be. I happen to be.
Exceptional. *married*.

(Well you know why people get married, said the snake to Eve.
Snakeven. Shaken. Victor’s married.)

I’m not arguing. I’m just trying to find out.
Let’s find out.

Sex is the last thing.
The last thing on.

She’s afraid. Afraid of what I might…

Women don’t… think
like that. Women don’t… think
(like that?)

***Right! Right?

Alice says to Cheshire. You are very very sure.
You are very very sure.
You are very very sure sure of sure of you.

If you only knew.

Funny. Fucking … fit.
Funny. Fucking

Fit fit fit.

Alice turns him out.
Turn about, turned out, he’s tuned out.

[don’t be so sure, bill.]

bell, bill. bell, bill. bell, bill.

ding!

He was checking in.

Ding!

The elevator.

Ding!

You have his attention Alice.

If he wanted me… I was ready. “I’m ready.”
Ready for me. Ready me. Steady glance,
Steadicam.

My fucking future.
weird, weird, weird, dear.

tender. mercy.
Attender. Tend tend tend her.

sad. mercy.

slept. My love for you slept.

Even if it was only for one night
Even if it was only for one night
Even if it was only for one night

My love. My love.
My love. My love.

I barely. Bare.

Might still be there.
He might still.

I was. IwasIwasIwas. I-I-I

Relieved.
[sighs.]

[timely: phone rings]

When did it happen.

 

 

 

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