January 23, 2007

Regarding Your Career:

Your books are worthless.
Your perfect-bound, professionally-made, trade paperbacks from the bigger names in the small press are worthless.
Your rice-paper handcrafted signed and numbered achievements are worth less than the formaldehyde stuck to a dead poet’s balls.


Your credits, your blog, your hand-stapled zines will be forgotten as soon as they are produced. Your friends will laugh at them at your funeral. Your hopes for immortality mean less than the knots in your noose.


Yes, I admire the tall trannies with glamorous coats

in the laundromat documentary

Yes, I admire the Ocean Queen

with her marijuana fire department
Solicit their opinions on your goulash.

Let your work die with you


—Jonathan Penton

“Regarding Your Career” was previously published in a different form in Antipatico


Posted by dwaber at January 23, 2007 01:03 PM