THINGS TO DO IN LARGO, FLORIDA
Lower sugar intake.
Get off of work.
Eat a bowl of Miso Soup.
Read Jules Verne.
Read Jane Bowles.
Take a break.
Drive over the bridge to Tampa, Florida.
Think of how driving over the bridge into Tampa
is just as exciting as riding in a boat
over to Tangiers-- when you are a writer.
Play pin ball.
Ask the bartender when his band is playing.
Mull over the selections on the jukebox.
Listen to King Tubby.
Light a candle.
Stand outside of the Tampa Museum of Art and think of
how some of the paintings on display in there,
probably are quite good: You don't really know.
Whistle past the ATM, not even bothering to stop at
Think up an image for a poem:
"Hungry Ghost Laundromat."
Drive home over the bridge from Tampa.
Really appreciate the way the raindrops
glisten as they drift across the windshield.
Roll down the window.
Make a mental note to write a poem
about your scuba diver's wristwatch,
how it glows a nautical blue/green in the dark
and was given to you by your sister.
Think of the way you might paint the vehicles
on the highway on a rainy night.
Think of how you might render your painting in the
style of Winslow Homer-- if you had the patience to do
Read Jules Verne.
Wonder if in the late 19th century, Jules Verne could
have predicted that Jane Bowles would eventually write
a short story named "A Guatemalan Idyll" in the
Wonder if Jules Verne was really any good.
Write a few lines for the beginning of a poem:
was the port of call
I was always sailing
away from it."
Decide to not finish that poem.
Start a new poem on that same piece of paper.
Take out a map of your port hometown and consider
all the places you haven't yet been.
mark mcmanus has work in few other journals & zines. A chapbook "typewheel" is available in the fall-- if you can find it. He's also a musician and a there are a couple of recordings. As far as influences go, he likes a little bit of everything.