Poetry as Talisman
Ratboy got a new cassette
by Marilyn Manson,
a rock group whose members
each chose a super model’s first name
& famous murderer’s last name –
& who claim to have sold their souls
to Satan to be popular
i got the mail
& found a missive
from Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel,
the “biscuits & gravy” poet.
the battle of good over evil rages on
in an unassuming cabin on the edge
of a little town in Kansas
Marilyn Manson rapes the air
i read Wilma’s latest letter
& poetry gems
there’s synchronicity & then there
are blatant jokes on humanity
after five stints working as typesetter,
in 1995, the Great Bend Daily Tribune
hired me as society editor –
in charge of society pages,
as well as Friday’s church page,
Wednesday’s food page &
the yearly recipe edition.
though i sometimes liked the job,
was somewhat thankful for it,
& working there made publishing
Chiron Review convenient,
i still ponder the serendipity
of them hiring someone
for that job who is an
anti-social, godless heathen
whose greatest culinary talent
is boiling water dry
& not burning toast
two out of five times.
Mighty Newspapermen & Free Speech
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
- Lincoln quote which hung on the Tribune’s newsroom wall
until news editor removed it in 1995.
publisher’s office, Great Bend Tribune,
Great Bend, KS, Sept.1, 1995
the earth did not stop spinning on its axis, nor
did the earth stop revolving around the sun. the
sun didn’t even fall out of the solar system. but
with just a few curt thoughtless words, the
esteemed, experienced American newspaperman
fumbled & dropped the gauntlet. broke a sacred
trust (not to mention mine). didn’t think about
the words of heroes like Jefferson, Franklin, &
Lincoln. instead he bent the First Amendment
over his desk & fucked it right up the ass.
Michael Hathaway founded Chiron Review literary magazine in 1982 at the age of 19. He lives in St. John, KS with 14 cats and roommate Ratboy. He has worked as a typesetter, personal care assistant for the mentally disabled, society editor for daily newspaper and many other odd jobs. This is his first e-zine publication, as far as he knows. He's been published in Atom Mind, Pearl, Gypsy, Blank Gun Silencer, Nerve Cowboy, Medicinal Purposes, Waterways, Cat Fancy and most recently in the anthologies: A Day for a Lay: A Century of Gay Poetry (Barricade); Obsessions: A Flesh and the Word Collection of Gay Memoirs (Penguin), using the pseudonym Jeremy Michaels; and Between the Cracks: The Daedalus Anthology of Kinky Verse.