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Daily Lit Deviations for April 5th, 2012
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Featured by: *Carmalain7
The Painter And The VeteranHe wanted to pull out the pain
with a syringe, as if it were
black jelly that had accumulated
underneath his skin. This was
how morning welcomed him.
On saturday nights, he was
the kind of man who went around town
painting murals with a can. They
were gorgeous, especially when city
employees melted them with hose-water.
In America you can find dollar bills
stuck deep in the cracks between
sidewalks; you can find people stuck
deep in the cracks between
You can also find people inside
said buildings, inside beds,
and only one
night, the painter was approached
by a hairy young man with combat
boots who claimed to have fought in
Vietnam. The veteran put a grimy
paw on the painter's shoulder and
asked if he knew why airplanes
had so many windows.
The painter didn't
of them had flown
The veteran slurred with distinction that
before windows were on planes,
they were closed-off
plastic flying tubes. But,
one day every p
The Painter And The Veteran by ~FallingAsleepTonight
The effortless melding of modern, surrealist,
and metaphorical imagery in this piece paints a masterpiece
that will not wash away the next day.
Suggested by: ~projectilewordvomit
Featured by: `TwilightPoetess
"as you teach her to say yes" by ~injuredjaw
From the suggester: This is incredibly powerful
and drew me in straight from the beginning. It's bluntly
honest and raw, and carries an important story
that many women can relate to.
Suggested by: =LadyofGaerdon
Featuired by: `SilverInkblot
The Word DancerYou don't have to be born with angels singing in celebration or the heaven pouring tears over your birth to be extraordinary. And so it was with the Word Dancer.
She was born to a very normal pair of parents in a very normal hospital room at 10:43 a.m. on an unremarkable Monday morning. She progressed like all children do, clumsily but surely. In fact, words didn't always even mean something to her. They were just- what else- words. Or more like noises. You know, things you fling out when you happen to be hungry now and your mother simply doesn't understand. Or that you whimper when you don't want the nice doggie to leave. Actually, the first time that words started to shape the Word Dancer was quite a time after she learned how to read.
It was most likely with her first book that she picked up that didn't have pictures to accompany the words like ladies to a ball. She would not be able to tell you the name of the book- it's not important, anyway- but she remembers taking in the
The Word Dancer by ~HorsesofPoseidon
From the Suggester: "An inspiring, richly woven
metaphor, that speaks to the very essence of literature."
Featured by `LiliWrites
Atlas was Smug
Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is practically the bible of American libertarians. Due to its cult popularity, I decided to write my own brief analysis of it. It has the philosophical depth and evenhandedness of Mary Sues locking horns with cartoon villains, while the obvious self-insert protagonist (Dagny Taggart) has sex with all the male heroes. In short, it's like Twilight for sociopaths. And that isn't even the worst aspect of it
For starters: a brief summary. Hank Rearden is a self-made promethean innovator who invented a superior steel alloy. His incompetent and unscrupulous rival, Orren Boyle, sells an inferior brand of steel. With the help of the malevolent government, Boyle spreads propaganda that defames Rearden Steel to gain a competitive edge. (Never mind that a crucial function of government is to prevent false advertising, slander, libel, and other deceptive pract
Atlas was Smug by ~BatmanWithBunnyEars
A short, purposefully controversial review
of Ayn Rand's famous novel Atlas Shrugged.
Featured by ~shebledgreenink
J'AI VU TOMBER UN EMPIRE - I SAW THE FALL...(English version below)
J'ai vu tomber un Empire.
Cité désagrégée par les vents de la guerre
Murs d'airain éventrés
Coeurs froissés à la peine un espoir comme cendres
Par-delà les tertres froids
Dialogue d'un être et d'un néant
Soi contre moi
Te bercer dans les bribes balbutiées
Fils d'argent d'un discours sur l'or de ton coeur lourd
La feinte du fantôme
Comment voguer ton orage profond
Troue les abysses épais d'éclairs vifs courroucés
Tes yeux sur les frontières sacrées de l'Ouest
Farouche Impératrice au
J'AI VU TOMBER UN EMPIRE by *lombregrise
There is a certain grace to this poem, a delightful
combination of the almighty and the fragile.
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