H/t to chorus member Jesse.
"If we were a medical school, and you were here as a med student practicing appendectomies, you'd take your work very seriously because you would imagine that some night at two AM someone is going to waltz into your emergency room and you're going to have to save their life. Well, my friends, someday at 8 PM someone is going to walk into your concert hall and bring you a mind that is confused, a heart that is overwhelmed, a soul that is weary. Whether they go out whole again will depend partly on how well you do your craft." -- Karl Paulnack


Choralography Instructions

"Hide the bits!
Show the bits!
Judy's tits!"


The Flash

"This show is confusing."
"Maybe, or maybe it's your thing with time travel."
"What?! What 'thing' with time travel? I don't have a thing!"
(Why do I respond so strongly? What does it matter? It feels like he knows some detail about myself that I had refused to see, or wished to hide.)
"Wait, what do you mean? That I don't really like it? But I liked The Time Traveler's Wife..."
"Fine, you like time travel romances."


Blank Slate

Sitting alone in a cafe on Madison,
Enjoying a scramble of bacon, egg, and onion,
I overhear two women,
One of whom recounts her husband’s frustration
With some recent inferior decoration:
“I meant Bohemian! Not Overstated Bohemian!”



"Oh, that guy."
"You said he was in Royal Pains, but I always think of him as the eye doctor on Sex and the City. Or That Guy from the movie...She's...She's Out of Reach? Y'know, with Toni Colette and Cameron Diaz?"
"In Her Shoes?"


A Phone Call with Dear Michael (Y.)

I asked you if it's true that when it is the year of your animal you are supposed to buy new underwear.

You hadn't heard that, you said.

You asked me about physics, about the rate at which objects fall to earth. I thought of bricks and feathers.

You said the Year of the Cock is bad for cocks. But that the year is not as important as the day or hour of birth.

You said that balance is important. You have too much water. You need more wood and fire.

I asked you what the other elements are. (Earth, metal.)



Too much bourbon
buried names bubble up
burn my throat
threaten to burst out