i burn macker's poem in offering to the naked muse. macker's peckinpah poem drains the western high desert silence with tequila bloodlit rhythms. informs the wordslinger's last raspy breath with hallelujah hallelujah rainbow bonesight. interrogated in the shadow of blue horse mountain silence, it opens a song vein, a whispered eucharistic exhaltation, something like the sound of miles blowing prayer into the endless distance.
juke joint juju driving back to pueblo from santa fe rick puts on an early elvis tape with good rockin tonight and elvis moans all you need to know about outlaw poets "have you heard the news?" (about las vegas? about santa fe?) and the road was so rough on the north end of raton just as we had come off the pass that i thought we had a flat tire "there's good rockin tonight" groans elvis and that's all you need to know about outlaw poets (well, maybe there's a little something else) we stop at mcdonald's for dollar burgers with green chile and a vanilla shake (the night before in santa fe we had ordered an ice cream baked potato at the cowgirl hall of fame) and elvis sings "have you heard the news?" (about las vegas? about santa fe?) (and rick tells me about a guy who got stuck in a car with elvis early on and elvis spent three hours telling him his philosophy of life: that life was about slippin away from things, about the hush of the secret) and elvis sings, "have you heard the news? EVERYBODY'S ROCKIN TONIGHT and that's all you need to know about outlaw poets: EVERYBODY'S ROCKIN TONIGHT everybody's rockin the world is rockin the planet about ready to go off its axis tumble out of its orbit EVERYBODY'S ROCKIN TONIGHT the whole world's rockin tonight have you heard the news? THERE'S A NEW THEATRE POETRY IS THE NEW THEATRE THE BLOOD OF THE POET IS THE NEW THEATRE EVERYBODY'S ROCKIN TONIGHT I WANT TO ANNOUNCE TO THE UNIVERSE: THE REAL REVOLUTION LIES DEEPER THE REAL REVOLUTION LIES DEEPER THE THEATRE OF BLOOD IS THE NEW THEATRE THE BLOOD OF THE POET IS THE NEW THEATRE and rick slips out the elvis tape and puts on johnny burnett and the rock n roll trio and all of a sudden i hear
"i caught a train i met a dame and we trucked on down that old fairlane the train kept a rollin all night long the train kept a rollin all night long with a heave and a ho well, i just couldn't let her go" the outlaws met in las vegas in santa fe HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS? the planet rumblin with the real revolution (the outlaw poets met in las vegas in santa fe) and now i'm gone really gone rockin strong boppin rockin with the rockabilly blues doin the juke joint juju right in the car jumpin jukin rockin all my blues away "we made a stop in albuquerque she must have thought i was a real gone jerk we got off the train at el paso her love was so good, jack i couldn't let her go" listening to all that rockabilly rick and i doin the juke joint juju we're gonna start a dance craze called the juke joint juju what it's about is jukin the blues what it's about is my baby got me jukin i'm gonna sing it: juke joint juju and while i'm singin it i'm gonna dance it: jukin the blues my baby got me jukin my baby got me jukin my baby got me jukin the blues see you're dancin already baby got me jukin out into the night baby got me jukin the blues out into the darkness baby got me jukin out into the blackness baby got me jukin the blues out into the neon there's blood in the moon out into the bright lights blood in the blues out into it tappin into it gettin into it there's blood in the mud of the bayou the dream taken baby got me jukin the words taken baby got me jukin the blues the blues taken baby got the juke joint all of it taken baby got the juke joint ramblin down baby got the juke joint juju drivin down now there's a blue moon coolin down goin down baby comin home soon i wanta hear the crossroads blues now there's the deja voodoo i wanta hear the fugitive kind jukin the blues i wanta feel her snakeskin moves jukin the blues feel her graveyard bones jukin the juke joint juju ride the train of midnight
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