A lost dog. A lost cause. A diminished vocabulary. East side, west side, all around the town. And who the fuck is Mamie O’Rourke? Does it matter? Why is a past beyond my past more alive than the future? Why don’t I relate to helicopters and SIM cards? What’s holding me back? Why did they make me recite The Lord’s Pray and the Pledge of Allegiance? Limericks and dirty jokes? Is it all the fault of the Black Nun? A delayed circumcision? The beatings in the cellar, with a belt, with a pipe, with kind words? No, of course not. But then again.
The priesthood and the death squad. The Star of Bethlehem and crossed swords. The deferred prosecution, the foregone conclusion. Near-sighted and half drunk, no one would ride with me. Make him walk, get his keys. They refused me the power, they put a lien on my childhood.
I kept my mouth shut about Janis, not like Leonard who spilled his guts out in a song. Were those his true colors, where’d he come up with the words?
Amazing that I’ve made it this far. How much further to go?
Outside my car window, an abandoned dog. He needs exactly what I need, but he can’t be approached.
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.
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