Hack Writing

Hack Writing

“Give me a 750 word
Masterpiece
Describing
How crushed ice
Machines
Can be used
On construction sites
To slow the cooling
And surface cracking
Of freshly poured
Cement.
Make it lively
Make it dance

I want it yesterday
We’ll argue
Prices
Three months from now
When you see the check.”

“Give me 2000 words
To titillate
Give me that whorehouse
That famous Chicken Ranch
In La Grange, Texas.
I want pockets picked
I want gonorrhea
I want luscious bitches
And hints of corruption
Deep in Texas
Law enforcement

I want it yesterday
We’ll argue
Prices
Three months from now
When you see the check.”

“I want 2000 words
Fiction
Something about
Beautiful Vietcong bitches
Luring innocent GIs
To bed and death
In some stinking thatched hut
With pigs squealing outside
I want to see her despair
Her soul searching
As she discovers she loves him

I want a hint of non-fiction.

We’ll argue
Prices
Three months from now
When you see the check.”

“I want a poem
About how you feel
When your lover
Jilts you
In favor of someone
Of his own sex
And begins
Taking hormones.

I want the word
Encyclopedia
Used in every
Third line.

No pay
You just have
The pleasure
And satisfaction
Of doing what I
Told you to.
To help you
Get used to the feel
Of being a writer”

From Poems of the New Old West, Jack Purcell, copyright 2002

5 responses to “Hack Writing

  1. Note that this blog post was unpaid.

  2. these are great jean. keep ’em coming.

    On Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 11:00 PM So Far From Heaven wrote:

    > mandala56 posted: “Hack Writing “Give me a 750 word Masterpiece Describing > How crushed ice Machines Can be used On construction sites To slow the > cooling And surface cracking Of freshly poured Cement. Make it lively Make > it dance I want it yesterday We’ll argue Prices Thr” >

    • Thanks for the comment! Posts are now scheduled ahead for the next couple of years… interspersing poetry and Ask Old Jules entries a couple of times a month.

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