captain beefheart electricity

don van vliet SINGING INK
poetry and fine arts



from 140570 magazine ROLLING STONE #58 usa
reproduced 197? book THE LIVES AND TIMES OF CAPTAIN BEEFHEART 1st edition
reproduced 198? book THE LIVES AND TIMES OF CAPTAIN BEEFHEART 2nd edition

inside the tub-ette on the small duplex tile shadow of my hand made a movie wolf head the dangling cigarette made a long fire tipped tube resembling a smoking fang which curled from his mouth to my mouth then slowly into the peeled back tiny mouths of the flaky enamel ceiling above my shaggy head a test of endurance metered by what with things changing this fast i drown the soggy creature through his wet butt out of the bath tub-ette trembling as it was a small room with a very large open window he bounced and disappeared off the sill into morning aching and yawning like a neglected tooth that took root in both night and day.

don van vliet 1970


note: this is one of four poems - from '69 or early 1970 - that were published along the essential read i'm not even here, i just stick around for my friends
it also was one of the poems gary lucas recited during the 1980-81 'doc at the radar station' live performances

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hey garland i dig your tweed coat
sun dawn dance
the beep seal


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captain beefheart electricity
as felt by teejo