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About polkabeast

  • Birthday 03/01/1973

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    I am a writing teacher and a devout student of poetry, prose, palindromes, Scotland, and the concertina.<br /><br />I play concertina, bass, and vocals in the following Texas bands: Warren Jackson Hearne and the Merrie Murdre of Gloomadeers, Acoustic MUGZU, and the Big Ol' Bastards.<br /><br />I work part-time moving furniture and swamp farming.<br /><br />Here are some palindromes I wrote. Enjoy.<br /><br />Five Disturbing Palindromes <br />(published in NthDegree’s online supplement, NthZine)<br /><br />“No, Keep Rod on,” a brute lisps. “I'll rig a Tulsa siren, rut an item. Albinos, Mister [B]ret Simson, I blame. “Tina Turner is a slut,” a girl lisps. “I let urban odor peek on.” <br />35(words)/123(letters)<br /><br />“Relapse,” he pondered. “No plasma, yet a straw, Latin egret-sewer [g]rew Ester genital warts, ate yams,” Al pondered. “Nope, he's paler.” <br />22/99 <br /><br />Tia, winepots rub sun as risen. Infinity's s[a]ssy tin if nine sirs' anus burst open. I wait. <br />17/69<br /><br />Part Adam, I, Maria, help pins repel a lio[n], oil a leper's nipple hair. Am I mad? A trap? <br />19/63<br /> <br />Sun as Tim or felt tips laminate [w]et animal spittle from its anus. <br />13/53<br /><br /><br />Palindrome for Ethan Bell<br />(published by Backwards City Review, Spring 2005)<br /><br />Signing is not, new pet son. Pass awe? Not so! No green I plan. I dog, Miss, I hog; I say, “no best-fill lasts”; I’m red now – still, I hate new. Now go, fat asleep user-god. Irate, we do not gnash, sag, nor we nab. Run as muskcats poll a gym-barge (gasp). I help made-wart stew stiff. Is a name surer, eh, sir, eh, Toro? Do fist lame Rome; yes, sell war-cotton’s nog at cola. I rob rasta-prod of less. Red dunes I rot. No, do not spill, Lord; puff its rosecap’s red nub. Milk-lawyer, pot nine men in stunt news. A doctor sits – I’m fine! Desire Warren’s lip to help miss. A warning (Is it? Is not?) noses a rest, sir. Whore, work curt as a sin-net set! I knob mud eras, nag! Rode cane melts. I, penis, yawn. I sub betrayal. Prose werewolf, I did not send a fag, nor we rip mud as a side wang. Dew as pun, we stub. Diaper, fill a bastion. Stun-saw tips a rat sewn idle. Homemade porn? Ah, ten odes re[v]ersed on: Ethan roped a memo held in west. A rasp – it was nuts? No, it’s a ball if repaid but, sewn up, sawed, gnawed, is a sad umpire. Wrong a fad nest on. Did I flower ewes or play art? Ebb us in ways, in epistle men – aced organs are dumb on kites. Tennis as a truck rower, oh wrists, erases on tons. It, I sign-in raw; as simple, hot pilsner, rawer, is Eden if mist is rot, codas went nuts. Nine men, into prey, walk, limb under spaces or stiff-up – droll lips to nod onto risen udders. Self-odor pats arborial octagons not to crawl less, eye more malts if odor-other is here, ruse-man – as if fits; wet strawed, ample hips age. “Grab my gallop-stack,” sums an urbane wrong. Ash sang to node-wet, arid ogres, up eels, at a fog won. We net a hill. Its wonder mists all, lifts ebony as I go hiss. I’m god in alpine – ergo: no stone was sap. No step went on – signing is.<br />366/1273<br /><br />5x5 WordSquare (published in LEAD [New Zealand] 2005)<br /><br />A T A D S<br />T I M I D<br />A M I M A<br />D I M I T<br />S D A T A<br /><br />“At ads timid, am [I] mad? I’m its data!”<br />9/25
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  1. I start out every practice either developing a new song or working on a new cover. Then I trudge through my set of what I know and can play best. Then I finish up trying to polish what I can't play as well. Keeps the categories fresh and shifting.
  2. Here are some clips to my band, The Jakeys, playing recently on the rooftop of CoolBeans, a great pub out here in Denton, Texas. These first two include my 20-button Anglo, Eileen. These next three are Celtic influenced songs: And here's one of our covers, an Iron Maiden song.
  3. I have to agree with Al about the depressed air button. However, as a financially unstable and chronically unemployed person, I've had great luck with cheap concertinas. I just got an $80 Morelli off of e-bay, and it's doing the trick. It is in great tune (unless my bandmates are all out of tune), and sure, the bellows will wear out in a few years, which will be testimony to vigorous playing. Sure, I could save half a grand for a very good concertina or several thousand for an excellent concertina, but what am I gonna do in the meantime, itch frantically with withdrawl shivers? All I know is that I have a $250 Hohner (and I know of the disrepute of Hohner concertinas on this board, and I fully agree) that I have to continually send back to Virginia Beach so that they can replace the reeds, which break left and right. I've NEVER had a reed break on my cheapo concertinas, and I'm a full contact player, to say the least. If you're gonna learn the instrument, you'll probably be buying these things for the rest of your life, so, in my opinion, there's nothing much wrong with saving money at this point.
  4. There's only one way to settle this: 5 on 5 Nerf football game (American, of course) between Concertina players and the "other." Yer either for us or against us.
  5. Here in Texas, and I'm sure other civilized places, we drink 30 PACKS. And we don't go to bed UNTIL 11am.
  6. Huge turnout. Successful show. A pretty Irish girl gave my drunk self a ride home and saw to it that I slept peacefully and well-pillowed until mid afternoon. Today is the day after St. Patty's. I'm going to walk up to my local and treat my hangover with a Guinness and a Bushmills. A friend of mine filmed the show, so I should have links up by next week. Erin, go bra-less.
  7. I've been celebrating St. Patrick's Day for five months now.
  8. My new Irish band, THE LADS, will debut Monday, St. Patty's Day, at Dan's Silverleaf (103 Industrial) in Denton, TX. If you're in the DFW area, come celebrate with us. We'll play at 9pm sharp. FREE SHOW. $2 Guinness. Some of our early practices. $2 Guinness. I play my 20-Button Anglo on several songs, autoharp on two songs, and sing lead on most songs. We also have acoustic bass and guitar, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, whistles, and percussion (kit and bulrom (sp?)). And $2 Guinness. I'm especially proud of our version of Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills." I especially love $2 Guinness. Run for your life.
  9. I actually worship Ireland, but live in Satan ... I mean, the United States of America. Ha. Ha. Just kidding. I live in TEXAS, which is totally different. ??
  10. Hey, y'all. I just found out when I vainly googled my name that three of my newest poems have been published online at Shortpoem.org. Just thought I'd post here since y'all are my friends, and so much cooler than most poetry message boreds I sleep through! BTW, just figured out The Cure's "Lovesong" on my autoharp. About to go play at an open mic down the road. Wish I could teleport everyone here to Denton, TX, for the evening. Sins seer Lee. Michael.
  11. Bump. I hope to meet some of you at this wonderful event. I'm going to register this weekend! I'm bringing musician friends, too. None of them play concertina, but we're all excited about the roadtrip and the weekend of music.
  12. For St. Patty's Day this year in Denton, TX, my new Irish band, THE LADS, will debut at one of the world's coolest pubs, Dan's Silverleaf. On Monday nights, this particular establishment serves domestic drafts for $1, and imports for $2. So I will drink copius amounts of $2 Guinness so that I'll be good and lubed up to sing our first song, A Pint Is All I'm Wantin' Anymore. In this band, I play concertina AND autoharp, though obviously not at the same time. Neither instruments feel the brunt of my neglect. Ironically, a place called Fuzzy's Taco is in the same strip as Dan's Silverleaf, so I'll probably eat Mexican food on St. Patty's day. But, gosh darn, the shrip tempura tacos with feta cheese and Louisiana hot sauce are soooooooooo good. Try not to be "green" with envy. Ha.
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