3 things about René Laloux’s FANTASTIC PLANET

Fantastic Planet [1973]

1. Sundial-wristwatch with a lever.
2. It begins to rain and the brain-sausage landscape comes to life.
3. The creatures surround him and extrude fibers which form into clothing.

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October 31 haiku.

And finally my
Winter coat comes out of the
Closet, crestfallen

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October 30 haiku.

Our parents haven’t
Driven the stake through the heart
Of the obsolete

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October 29 haiku.

Assaulted by a
vile stench of pumpkin I flee
The empty cafe

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3 things about David Miller’s THE STORY OF ESTHER COSTELLO

The Story of Esther Costello [1957]

1. “You can turn a hard woman into a soft woman. It’s like hardboiling an egg backwards.”
2. “Book. Book. Book. Book. Book.”
3. Perverse: rape heals her psychological trauma.

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October 28 haiku.

2 kids 6 and 8
“Have you ever met my wife?”
And once we were kids

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Turtles.

TURTLES

can only be seen at 4
o’clock in the morning
in the city of Los
Angeles, the hour (as
Camus observed) when all
the people are fast asleep.
Nature whispers: yes, really,
I’m still here. And
the turtles come out of their shells
into the lovely empty streets.
The pavement carries them
along like a stream. And
they fly on tongues
of mist along the power lines
and wagging stop lights,
turned to red like a sucker.
Once the size of quarters,
now as big as pancakes.
Slowly they creep. Past the sleeping
boxes of cars, through
the parking lots & into Ralph’s. How beautiful
she is without people
in her!
The wonderfully vacant
cash machines spit out 20’s
onto the white linoleum.
But the grocery clerk doesn’t blink.
This happens almost
every night. After all,
like everyone else
they need their
bottled water.

November 1999

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