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The Notebook That Explodes I-II, by Rudy Martinez

The Notebook Explodes (I) (2015)

My new address

school time

Your generation

I can't help but look

she walks away, unreleased

from: Mad

the day iTunes crashed/high above congratulations

right you are

an empty but well-lit street with an optimistically sad smile

Gideon, they said, had a problem chasing leaves

she handed him what was certainly

the

most important cigarette he would ever smoke.

"Your birthday must be in March"

"They don't have Mondays in Palestine"

Currency—backed by the power of illusion

Paralysis of the soul

lying on her bed, naked, having to explain oneself

Pitch: A psychedelic foot soldier drafted into a war to protect the teeny-boppers from themselves.

the spooks, lonely in the sky

it's all coming to a head

Maybe.

Actually: No: It just keeps going.

Is it what he asked for?

names are neon designations

Pitch: We, the New Left of Central Texas, announce our birth today: Sa tur day, the FOURTH of july 2015.

resources bestowed upon me

A (note on) Freedom:

Freedom is not a chai latte at Tantra/Freedom is not found while floating the San Marcos River/Freedom is not playing in a folk band with the ukulele your father bought you/Freedom is not wearing a feather in your hair, convincing me how much you really care, while walking around shoeless/Freedom is not drowning in debt at a public institution, chasing a degree while bragging about how nice studying in Italy was/Freedom is not waiting for last call at Zelick's

the fourth double

At the Apollo theatre

September 9th, 10th, 11th

Beirut? Nein, das ist San Marcos.

Do not blame

The child, for growing up and confronting the ENEMY

for he saw three wars before the age of seven,

Father was swallowed

the end of the occupation begins with the tossing of stones

"Why do you have hair under your arms?,"

Page 15

grab soda, discuss guerilla warfare

Ministry of Memory

nervous as all hell, wondering what lies I will push to my contemporaries

Ankara, work may lead

Texas behind me

Title of this work

champion of disabled Americans

Grandma ended up on a billboard a decade after the war

my girlfriend at the time: GENESIS

and the man I still consider my best friend: BRYAN

Have since found God,

missed my first philosophy assignment

worst immigration crisis since reporter was shot on live television,

not responsible for The Great Gatsby

Is L. Ron Hubbard occurring to him? A sweater.

cement memories underneath our stove, preparing speeches!

Imperialist fetish spreads democracy

think of such thing stated earlier

watching it all burn from afar, this is Christmas

kids shot in the West Bank

Six thoughts in three hours

Defined a basketball career, distanced spiritualist

P.S. Thanks for the hat.


The Notebook Explodes (II) (2014)

I cut my hair today.

Thanks, T.E. Lawrence;

I saw Constance’s face—what really happened to Malaysian Airlines flight MH370?

Texted Nora most of the movie, discussing the assassination of James Cameron

Clever for 2010, look up names that aren’t commonly used anymore.

“Questions, queries, conundrums,”

“Andy Warhol couldn’t tie my creative shoes,”

The coffeehouse last night, didn’t fit in;

My eyes run away, dance under the same flag

UN CLAIMS THE DEATH TOLL FROM THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR TOPS 191,000

Question: Did humans invent machines WHO in turn created humans who they watch from afar on this sacred island?

Query: She never did mention the letters: Was she frightened?

Conundrum: The ISLAMIC STATE of EBOLA threatens Jewish PALESTINIANS from the Ukraine who had crushes on both ROBIN Williams and Lauren BACALL.

No idealist was ever a cocaine addict.

Standing alone at lunch, friends for lease

Song: These Teenage Ghosts

We were never challenged/but we thought the most

Lovely things right now

From the first night: Walking through Tantra last night, seeing everyone be a busy body, while “Spirit in the Sky” played in the background, made the experience very cinematic. It was as if I were recalling this fantastical chapter in my life where I worked at a purple coffeehouse with beautiful individuals.

For Agatha, for Alyssa, “we were happy here…for a while”

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

ACCORDING TO UNICEF: 469 OF THE 2,091 PALESTIANIAN CAUSALTIES DURING THIS LATEST ISRAELI INCURSION HAVE BEEN CHILDREN

Work notes

Experimental modernist poets born in decade between 1879-88

POUND DOOLITTLE HILDA MOORE

T. WALLACE

Madmen and outlaws of the generation before

Three times a century

Liar

21 points in the first half

BREITBART.COM (RECOMMENDED BY MARK FOR NEWS)

Lifestyle blog

The Baron of Arizona / Day I

Truth derived from watching people

Name said nine times, drawn poorly

“…was always very flirtatious…but, I’m 28, I don’t play that game anymore.”

Song about wishing ill-health upon someone

People & Illusions

You saw me write that!

The sun will not shine as the devil begins to dine.

Warning: Do not recede into the world of dreams for too long, you’ll become a ghost.

I don’t think I’ve ever had a day to myself like that:

Mean eyes prove to be an audience

Girl bites dog

Have beer before work

Fake review of John, Shane, and Lance’s mid-day jamming,

Pit stop at the carnival

Wade’s “sense of timing”

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 art by Stephen R. Spencer II

art by Stephen R. Spencer II