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RICH FERGUSON has performed nationally, and has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Wanda Coleman, Exene Cervenka, T.C. Boyle, Jerry Stahl, Bob Holman, Loudon Wainwright, Ozomatli, and many other esteemed poets and musicians. He has performed on The Tonight Show, at the Redcat Theater in Disney Hall, the New York City International Fringe Festival, the Bowery Poetry Club, South by Southwest, the Santa Cruz Poetry Festival, Stephen Elliott’s Rumpus, and with UK-based poetry collective One Taste. He is also a featured performer in the film, What About Me? (the sequel to the double Grammy-nominated film 1 Giant Leap), featuring Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, k.d. lang, Krishna Das, and others. He has been published in the LA TIMES, Opium Magazine, has been widely anthologized, spotlighted on PBS (Egg: The Art Show), and was a winner in Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, LA. His spoken word/music videos have been featured at poetry film festivals throughout the world. Ferguson is a Pushcart-nominated poet, and a poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown. His poetry collection 8th & Agony has been published by L.A.’s Punk Hostage Press.

15 responses to “To the Judgmental Rushing-to-Conclusions Cashier at My Local Supermarket”

  1. dwoz says:

    blah blah blah blah blah blah, confleshion…

    stop.

    deer in the headlights.

    is that…

    …a word?

    taste,

    smell,

    poke,

    with a stick…

    yes, most definitely. okgood

    draw breath,

    blah blah blah blah blah blah

    fantas-stick!

  2. dwoz says:

    you’ve got a new fan. You had me at cowbell, but now you’ve raised the bar.

  3. […] read the following piece, please feel free to watch the video of it as well. You can see it right here on […]

  4. Cynthia Hawkins says:

    Electric! Bright blinking, even. So far I’ve played this three times, and with each viewing a new set of phrases blink on for me. This one, for example: “muscle memory is far trustworthier than prayer,” if I’m quoting correctly. Love it.

  5. Irene Zion says:

    Rich,

    This poem,
    these spoken words,
    are the
    equivalent
    of
    two hundred
    love letters
    written in fountain pen
    on onion-skin paper
    perfumed with lavender and thyme,
    tied up with
    red satin
    ribbon
    for
    all
    time.

  6. Becky Palapala says:

    So…did you slip the cashier a piece of paper with this URL on it? I think you should.

    Then again, s/he’d probably just think it was a porn site, what with your astroglide and all.

    • Hah, that’s a funny one. Yep, you’re probably right, my dear. Oh, and I loved you in the cursing video too. Speaking of which, you might be wonderful in a porn. You could just walk on camera while people are having sex and just curse your head off. Hell, I’d pay good money to see that.

      • Becky Palapala says:

        Rich: “It’s a poem site.”

        Cashier: “Fuck you, pervert!!!”

        Rich: “A POEM site!! POEM! P-O-E-M!!!”

        • Oh, Becky. How you do make my funny bone tickle. And we’re not talking boners here (I mean since we were talking porn and all, I just thought that I should clarify myself).

        • Becky Palapala says:

          It is just like you to go straight to the tickle bone. I’m sure the cashier would agree with me.

          Tsk!

  7. Khadija says:

    Better each time I see it! xoxo

  8. oonagh moodling says:

    ~ ♥ ~ wow ~ ♥ ~

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