Banango Street Issue 5
it, ‘This is the end, my friend. My only friend, the end.’ Many consider the
ends to justify the means. However as Banango has no clear goal it is hard to
tell if this is an accurate assumption.
to share the names of their creators, at least for a short period. Pools of
humanity give birth to children. Swimming lessons are learned in youth not for
the old of age. Long hair takes ages to grow. Death enjoys staring at long
hair. Every strand of hair represents a beautiful, luxurious death. Brought
together hair is what defies age.
Valvis explores the life of Big Alabama. Anybody named after a state ought to
be taken seriously, excluding Delaware. Delaware is a terrible state full of
sad sullen people. This Big Alabama person enjoys destroying things. Destruction
makes her whole. Police stations are full of evidence waiting to be taken apart
by one determined impulsive person.
Zingg lets the house speak for him. If a house could talk it would probably ask
for some peace and quiet. Living creatures love hanging out around homes.
Opossums love homes for their garbage. People inside homes love their homes for
the same reason. Entire homes are full of garbage that the inhabitants find
valuable. Nobody has been able to determine why this happens. Wind enjoys
blowing through the tatters of a life in tatters. Tatters do a really good job
of catching the wind.
Patri gets some serious translation from Jayinee Basu. Eyewitnesses of
shipwrecks love the destruction. Survivors of a shipwreck continue onward, fare
forward like young voyagers, waiting for the next adventure. Love brings them
back to the sea from the primordial ooze that borne their ancestors thousands
of years ago. It was through love that life was formed. Sleep comes from love
bringing life into a gentle reverie.
Peak witnesses a tree breaking into two. With this division the tree is better
able to resemble a village of toothpicks. Gutted by winter the Earth secretly
enjoys the resting period. Old man winter makes the world rely on heart to keep
itself warm at night. Stairs unroll at Megan’s calling. Clearly she is a
necromancer with magical mystical powers. Most stairs are already there. New
stairs come from her desire. Being a door is easier than being a window. With a
window there are new visions, with a door there is a world left unseen.
G. Dooley describes joys of raising an electronic animal. Children are animals
too though not of the electronic variety. To grow up is to know hurt. The aging
process enjoys bringing the pain because the pain means gain. Not every child
feels exactly the same. Upon reaching adulthood the child forgets experiences
to white-wash itself into a new place, taking care of miniature versions of
adults. Watching a child mature is tough work because they start out so
adorable. It is hard to watch something so loved age into a different creature,
one with more needs and more attitude.
Michael McDowell opens up Victoria Sélavy’s poem. Victoria Sélavy was a gentle
spirit. To know her was to love her. Everything she did was to love others. She
wanted to know people. She drank a beer on Emily Dickinson’s back porch,
something Emily Dickinson would definitely have approved. Cheese-puffs are the
comfort foods of childhood. Children eat such weird things. Eating confetti in
the jungles of Mexico is frowned upon for it consumes the important
currency-earning confetti exports.
Louise Barry finishes it with a one-two punch to the finale. Ghosts try to
redecorate the room. Death is in urns and serves as an aesthetic improvement.
Dirt can make entire cities for the youth. Sandcastles used to do the same
thing but sand is no longer in the playgrounds of America due to sanitation
concerns. Pointy ends should always get down avoiding getting up in people’s
Banango Street needs to leave. It comes back, it always does. How it manages to
celebrate so many writers is admirable whether as Banango Street or in its ‘the
literary blog’ form. The attraction between Banango Street, Banango and its ilk
are mutual. Banango is more than a street it is a virtual village thriving with