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Poetry by David Meltzer
 
Music by Guthrie Lowe
 

'Spectacular' by Monica Richards

Mr. Peanut

These shard, shells, splinters & glints for Michael McClure
Arf!

==

first
before any word of Genesis
Bereshith
Mr. Peanut

a guy inside
a peanut shell suit
w/ tophat & cane

stands in front of the Broadway
Planter's Peanut Store

hawking
hot peanuts inside
fresh peanut brittle

waves his cane in mystic loops
his voice works up circles
through a monocle

          •

sometimes
there'd be two
Mr Peanuts outside
lacquered into
Mr Peanut shell suits

smell of goobers roasting
in sputnik vats
whose perfume's fingers
drew you to the counter

          •

1/4 of a pound for a quarter
filled you up for day
couldn't keep away

food for thought
for keeps

before anything
Mr Peanut

          •

Mr Peanut looked at me
out of a shell
through zero
a monocle

Lord Peanut
Fred Astaire Peanut

Blind beggar w/ dog & accordion
a few feet away play
Sempre Fidelis.

Democratic
down to earth
Mr Bee Nut
Be nut. Bee nuit.
Lord &Lady Peanut
sovereign goobers
who ariseth from
the southern earth
as Osiris

          •

Brought big bags to the Ritchers
& we got stoned & watched TV
w/ sound turned off
listening to LPs of Al Cohn &
Zoot Sims
dueting

gravel of peanut meat
scraped down grass-dried throats

          •

As a kid I ate hot peanuts
shell & all & said
the best flavor was in the shell
crunched down w/ nut meats

          •

My grandfather revealed
a prophet concealed
in every peanut split in half

          •

Moondog: Mr Peanut

          •

slots in his shell
secret compartments
like Batman's utility belt
2001 slots for Coke &tc
the symmetry
fascinated me

          •

talk of 'making yr nut'
leads to concept of concealment
(shelled), of unity

the enter prize
'I made my nut;
I got it made'

          •

Mind shifts to shell-game

under a half-shell
a seed's moved around
& through sphere to sphere

the game's managed by an operator
Mr Peanut's shelled & w/in him is
a seed whose energy is shelled
& this shelled energy
enters into the mandorla
shelled into constantly
shifting spheres until
it all coheres

          •

breaking out: prison: shell
break into: bank: shell
break through: satori: shell
break-down: satori: shell

          •

speak thru husks of shell's past
snail leaves its shell behind
snake leaves shed form on the road
what's left behind is
journey's history
already losing clarity of detail

          •

of course the products that march us
soldiers thru neon banks of plastic
stuff spastics: buy buy buy buy
Mr Peanut pencils sweatshirts cups dolls

          •

Mr Peanut as Fred Astaire

          •

debonair savoir fair

          •

it's easy to write 'Bolinas'poems but
standing in front of Planter's Peanuts
in front of the masked Mr Peanut on
Broadway right next
door to the RKO Palace where Judy Garland
(who isn't Billie Holiday)
is another story altogether

          •

Okay. Where do broken shells
of all those peanuts go?
Out the window
onto the ground
to mulch
fuel for California poppies.
Too much mulch the Pharaoah says
cleaning his teeth w/ headlines
impersonal death's compressed into.

          •

shell game out of Barclay's
back from Grand Central
gotta grab a cab to Ballantine

          •

Tina's hand in mine
walk quickly up from Avenue of Americas to
Broadway

where are we going?
you'll see
in a hurry.

44th and Broadway
after 22 years

         •

25¢ bag of hot goobers
shared w/ Tina
this feast of poetry
& poverty's nutmeats

          •

NYC/1968

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