the thing about breathing by Mike Mollett

(c) Mike Mollett
(c) Mike Mollett

the thing about breathing

the thing about breathing
do it or die
is that it’s usually unconsciously fulfilling
taken for granted most of the time
awake or asleep

stepping outdoors so lucky
blue & white sky stuff with a breeze in L.A.
innocence for a second leans beside the gate
a good breath like a friend’s handshake or hug
can now rub a cheek or
add into you a bounce
of eye popping kid-ness
as brutality is allayed
curmudgeon-ness is gone too!

pretty good picture for late night thoughts
especially for a fool
shinnying up a mindscape smiling &
thensome in this breath

& now for my next trick…

Mike MollettMike Mollett’s creative life began with poetry as a teenager in Los Angeles. Since his early 20’s with his first self-published book of poetry, he has produced over 30 books of poetry & experimental book art. His poetics have shifted in & out of painting, sculpture, performance & conceptual art, Dada, Fluxus & gardening. His meeting with like-minded poets Michael Bruner, Doug Knott & S A Griffin in the mid 80’s turned his life around, becoming the performance poetry troupe The Lost Tribe. The Tribe gigged all over Los Angeles, primarily in clubs, bars, & theaters…plus they ran locally for president. Adding the amazing Scott Wannberg (RIP) to the mix a few years later, the troupe became the Carma Bums, a touring improvisational ensemble. The Bum’s Twisted Cadillac was published by Sacred Beverage Press. A feature length “on the Road” documentary on the Bums was produced with funding by Vigo Mortenson.

Possibly needing the antidote to the wildly energetic Carma Bums, Mike became leader/member of the silent, slow-moving L.A. Mudpeople, with walkabouts all over LA, from the streets to clubs & yards, & of course at least annually at the LA RIVER. National Geographic featured the L.A. Mudpeople on Sunset Bl. in the gutter at sunset. Huell Howser hung with the tribe for a popular Visiting episode. Leonardo Di Caprio mudded up twice when he was a youth. For the last 6 years or so Mike has focused more on sculpture using mostly collected linear materials, creating what he calls Time Twists, auto & biographical balls & Weaved Archeologies.

He rarely sends work out for publication, but he can also be found in the Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, & annually in Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary DADA Writing & Art. After a writing stint in the Ozark mountains with 4/5 of the Carma Bums their latest book is OUT NOW, but not readily available. He is jumping back into the public’s ear with readings in the Los Angeles area. After a writing stint in the Ozark mountains with 4/5 of the Carma Bums their latest book, The Hideous Bible, is OUT NOW, but not readily available.

Much more on Mike Mollett can be found via his web site by clicking here…

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