Running in Circles by Blare Coughlin
high quality of Blare’s work. Over the course of the chapbook discoveries
emerge about Blare’s knowledge of rocks, rock formations, Canada, and even the
past. Who could have predicted that Blare would include a little about the young
Blare, a mere child in elementary school? Although Blare is not the first
Canadian to explore this topic (Walter Mackey has published his chapbooks from
Kindergarten) it is greatly appreciated and somehow lovely. Seeing the
evolution from mere foolish child to wise teenager is indeed a beautiful thing.
Day is less beautiful. Sadness reigns over Valentine’s Day. In fact a young
intrepid Beach Sloth began his blogging career on one special Valentine’s Day.
Everyone around Beach Sloth began ‘making out’ and engaging in ‘heavy petting’.
To counteract this sadness Beach Sloth went to New York City and watched
strangers do essentially the same thing. Since the strangers were strangers
Beach Sloth didn’t feel as bad. Instead Beach Sloth watched a crab try to
escape from one of those giant crab baskets on Canal Street. Beach Sloth
remembers how the store owner watched the crab walk on the sidewalk for a
little bit, amused by the crab’s sheer love of life. As the crab store owner
put the crab back in the basket Beach Sloth almost bought it out of love. To
this day Beach Sloth rues the fact that the crab probably became somebody’s
meal when the crab could have been a contender.
is an important part of any creature’s life whether they are a human or a crab.
Blare is fortunate enough to be a human. A big airplane carries Blare to Calgary
Alberta home of the famous artist Venetian Snares. During this plane ride Blare
reflects on parents reading poetry, specifically hers. Yes parents someday read
all of their offspring’s work. It is inevitable, particularly the more popular
they become. Blare is reaching a new, higher level of popularity. Good thing
Blare has an entire row in which to be alone. Loneliness on an airplane is a
good thing. Sitting next to anyone for a prolonged period of time is bad. Bus
rides are better alone. A plane ride where somebody spends the entire time
talking to their neighbor sounds akin to hell. On a plane people should shut up
and enjoy the ride. That’s why planes have movies. Finally Blare is ultra-cool
to hate ‘The Big Bang Theory’. Anyone who likes ‘The Big Bang Theory’ has an
empty purposeless life. It makes sense that the show is called ‘The Big Bang
Theory’ as is feels less like a show and more like a collection of gases waiting
for something to happen.
and poke is intense. Lots of people engage in the ‘stick and poke’ life. They
are tough people. Blare explains step by step what needs to be done to have an
effective stick and poke thing going on there. Honestly the designs are rough
but they are more personal that way. Like the stick and poke imperfections
celebrate the infinite fallibility of humanity, and Blare wants people to be
human. Hence stick and poke is the most human thing a person can do.
ending is all about heaven and hamburgers. Blare wants to rule over hamburgers
and not eat them, but to pass progressive laws to let the hamburgers be the
best they can be. That’s all that can be done.