john bennett | a sketchy outline for survival

A Sketchy Outline for Survival

Hang on to
enough sense
not to
shop for
happiness on-line.


Enough sense to
double-bolt
the door &
sprinkle
stardust
on the
carpet.


Then turn the
lights low &
bask in the
afterglow.


These are
the new
tools of
survival.


This is
how you
wade out of
the ocean of
red lobsters
& jellyfish.


There are no
hard &
fast guidelines.


You need the
mind of a
wind-up
toy & the
crazed instincts
of Hamlet.


You need to
keep your
eyes lowered
at the
grocery store &
steer clear
of the
produce aisle.


You need to
stop breathing
when necessary.


Don’t renounce
anything,
that’s a
sure giveaway.


Don’t embrace
anything,
that’s
certain death.


Stay off
the streets &
don’t fly
in airplanes.


Don’t express
an opinion.


Dance around
conclusions.


Relinquish everything
you ever
believed in
right up until
a minute ago.

click the Hcolom Press logo to visit the web page...HCOLOM PRESS is the heir to Vagabond Press, which began as a main player in the Mimeo Revolution of the Sixties and continued publishing right into the jaws of the new millennium. HCOLOM PRESS embodies the spirit of Vagabond Press, retooled for the times we live in.

Hcolom is Moloch spelled backwards. Moloch is an Old Testament deity to which children were sacrificed, a practice society still engages in with increased enthusiasm. Consumerism is the new Moloch, manifesting itself like cancer in war, politics, the arts and religion, in every nook and cranny of human endeavor, draining the intrinsic beauty out of life and mutilating the innocence and magic of childhood with its commercial meat hook. HCOLOM PRESS intends to publish books that by their nature repudiate this pernicious force–novels, poetry, children’s books and books that transcend genre.

Our launch book, in June of 2006, was John Bennett’s novel, Tire Grabbers, a fable of sorts, a reality book rooted in the fantasy of our times, the story of the coming of Moloch and the children who rise up in rebellion against it.

Books of kindred spirit will follow close on its heels. Go for it by clicking here… or hit the Hcolom logo above… or just hit any of the following covers…

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