Randy Stark

Thinking Back

The virus doesn’t care how you want to be remembered. The virus is not a jury, it doesn’t deliberate. The virus is a judge. A hanging judge. The virus is inclusive. The virus doesn’t know essential from a waste of space. The virus is non-partisan It reaches across the aisle.   The virus doesn’t need …

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Use This Word in a Sentence

Superspreader. Foundational. Existential. Essential. Positivity. Capacity. Mandate. Variance. Assertion. Retraction. Data. Bubble. Zoom. Surge. Science Intervention. Curfew. Order. Confinement. Lockdown. Quarantine. Isolation. Stages. Phases. Waves. Mandatory. Testing. Tiers. Roadmap. Framework. Victims. Never. Could. Might. If. Vaccine. © 2021 Randy Stark Please visit my website at www.randystark.com and my page at Write Up The Road Media.


Don’t expect him Not to not pick up. It’s not very not like him not to answer. Not a whiff of self-awareness. Unemployed, hooked on feed and flow. Data driven, axioms to grind, A source familiar with the matter Speaking on condition of anonymity Due to not being authorized to not know what is not known …

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What I’m Hearing

This week They said last spring. By Easter. Stage one, phase five, third wave, second tier, key indicator seven.   The next eleven days Was three months ago. And summer. Stage two, phase thirty-three, fourth wave, first tier, key indicator twelve.   Assignments may occur any day of the week And may occur more than …

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“I keep thinking I can see the virus blooming on the horizon like a sunrise. I realize the world will continue to turn, even with no people on it. Maybe it will go a little faster.”  That’s from Carmen Maria Machado’s short story “Inventory,” which was written years pre-Covid 19, one of many “prophetic” observations …

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Naming Names

KITA   Kita over here honey. Kita over here. Kita. Over here baby.     ADOLPH   And he had another dude with him. They’re still making money.     BUDDHA   I really like him a lot.     LEXIE CAAN   Wordsmithereen.     GISELLE   She knows my hair so well.   …

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Recently Checked Out from the Public Library

Hat Trick Plainsong, by Kent Haruf, 1999 Brother, I’m Dying, by Edwidge Danticat, 2007 The Night Watchman, by Louise Erdrich, 2020 Honorable Mention Civilization and its Discontents, by Sigmund Freud (trans. James Strachey), 1930 Foxtrot in Kandahar, by Duane Evans, 2017 Chasing the Light, by Oliver Stone, 2020 Please visit my website at www.randystark.com and …

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Love Poems

NEW KICKS   A little cat and mouse Brought me here. Couple of South Bay girls, Chevelle and her friend O’Keefe. Let’s practice health and safety together! TOKYO   I was staying pretty Zen ‘Til Death went for my best friend, I’m like OK, well, Angel of the Seventh Light Now my one true love. …

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