dennis saleh | wherein the rub lay (a topical vignette as two-act play.)

Wherein the Rub Lay
(A Topical Vignette as Two-Act Play.)

A RECRUITING SERGEANT: A General’s Secretary A MAN: in an iron lung LT. GEN. LEWIS B. HERSHEY: A 72 year-old voice in Selective Service Director an office intercom A MAN: an amputee A MAN: who’s blind with HIS DOG: a dog

ACT I. Scene 1.

(An office, with one desk, a huge Uncle-Sam-l-Want-You poster covering the entire wall, and a sergeant at the desk with an iron lung in front of him.)

SERGEANT: (into intercom) Sir, we’ve got a fellow out here in an iron lung. He’s got his notice and says his neighbors told him he’d be arrested and shot if he didn’t report.

GENERAL HERSHEY: You fucking straight he would. We’re at war, Sergeant.


GENERAL HERSHEY: Don’t bother me, Sergeant, what we need is clear thinking.

ACT I. Scene 2.
(Same, with any amount of time having passed.)


GENERAL HERSHEY: What is it now?

SERGEANT: Well, there’s an amputee here with only one leg who got a notice to report and he thinks there’s been some mistake.

GENERAL HERSHEY: Mistake? Mistake? Cut off his other leg! We’ve got to clear the decks, clear the decks!

A MAN (the amputee): What?

ACT I. Scene 3.
(SAME, more time, etc.)

SERGEANT: General Hershey?

GENERAL HERSHEY: What the screw do you want now?

SERGEANT: There’s an inductee out here who’s blind.

GENERAL HERSHEY: Chop off the bastard’s head! We’ll take his blood and his dog.

THE DOG: What?

ACT I. Scene 4.
(Same, etc.)


SERGEANT: Yes, sir?

GENERAL HERSHEY: I’m going out to lunch. If there’s any trouble while I’m gone, fire a shot across their starboard bow.

SERGEANT: Yes, sir.

ACT II. Scene 1.
(Same. After lunch.)

GENERAL HERSHEY: Sergeant, was the President in while I was out to lunch?

SERGEANT: No, sir.

GENERAL HERSHEY: Well, I’m expecting him some time this afternoon, and we’re probably going to have some trouble with him.


GENERAL HERSHEY: We’re at war, Sergeant, and we can’t have anybody standing in the way of the war effort. If he gives you any shit shoot him.

The End.

from BIG HAMMER No. 14

Welcome to Big Hammer #14

for whom who keeps a record:

Don Catena covers, 43, 90 Angela Mark 1, 14, 16, 18 Michael Shores 2, 106 Richard Kostelanetz 3, 68 Lyn Lifshin 5, 42 David S. Pointer 6 Ingrid Swanberg 7 Peter Money 8, 11 Janice Blue 9-10 Ed Galing 11,78-79 Dave Roskos 12, 65, 114 Robert Head 13, 15, 17, 18 Jim Cohn 19 Kell Robertson 20, 21 Ann Menebroker 21, 105 Tom Kryss 22, 23 Russell Salamon 24 Kit Knight 25, 26 Arthur Winfield Knight 27 Alan Catlin 28 John Bennett 28-31 David Elsey 31 Ken Greenley 32, 62/63 B. Z. Niditch 33, 41 Steve Dalachinsky 34, 98 Dennis Saleh 35-38 AlexB. aka Panther Moon 39 Tom Page 39 Chris Ide 40 Anthony George 41, 42, 113 Lew Black 42 Ray Brown 44 – 46 K. S. Hardy 46 Beth Bonus 47, 48 Candy Kaucher 47, 83/84 Melissa Fadul 49/50 Jen Dunford 51 Terry L. Persun 52 Boni Joi 53/54 Joe Weil 55/56 Tom Pulhamus 57/58 CarlAlessi 59-61 BradKohler 63, 77 TomObrzut 64/65 Steve Ausherman 66 Kevin Sweeney 67 M. Kettner 68 Todd Moore 69-71 John Lunar Richey 72 Kelley K. Vance 73/74 Guy R. Beining 75/76 Marc Olmsted 77 A.D. Winans 79 Ben Smith 80 Charles Rammelkamp 81 Nathan Whiting 81 Patrick Fealey 82/83 Gene Bloom 85 – 89 Normal 89Abel Debritto 91-96 William Wantling 96 Mark Weber 97 George Held 99 Lorinc Szabo translated by George Held & Katherine Mayer 100 Janos Lackfi translated by Paul Sohar 101 Donald Lev 102 Jeffrey Cyphers Wright 103 Tony Gruenewald 104John Berbrich 105 Justin Rogers 107-110 Lamont B. Steptoe 111/112

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