Things I Actually Liked about 2020

Not much. But –
I liked you, dear reader. I liked you a lot.
I liked the new records from Kelly Lee Owens, Tobacco, Childish Gambino and RTJ.
I liked being outside.
I liked working from home.
I liked finishing up the second isyouisorisyouaint album.
I liked working with Charlie Zero (https://charliezero1.wordpress.com) on the Sleep Sigil EP (https://sleepsigil.bandcamp.com/releases).
I liked getting to spend so much time with my wife and children.
I liked watching American football. This was a big surprise. I’ve never liked watching American football.
That’s about it, I guess. What a fuck of a year.

Things I Actually Liked about 2020

On the pleasures of being lied to

dreams of cinemas and churches and
where the people once were – empty
now we fill the spaces between spaces
countless coughs in crammed corridors
attentions misdirected by magic words
earth salted, unsowable
incongruous truths, convenience be damned
give me liberty or give us death
silver screens absent of light motions, horror worship

a patriot once whispered
upon her deathbed
to anyone listening,
still trying to understand
the things patriots say,
“you must know that
the child of freedom
is responsibility.
you must know that
freedom is a razor.”

On the pleasures of being lied to