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Guidelines adopted by director Chuck Jones in making Warner Bros.’ Road Runner-Wile E. Coyote cartoons, from Jones’ 1999 memoir Chuck Amuck:

  1. The Road Runner cannot harm the Coyote except by going “beep-beep!”
  2. No outside force can harm the Coyote — only his own ineptitude or the failure of the Acme products.
  3. The Coyote could stop anytime — if he were not a fanatic. (Repeat: “A fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim.” — George Santayana)
  4. No dialogue ever, except “beep-beep!”
  5. The Road Runner must stay on the road — otherwise, logically, he would not be called road runner.
  6. All action must be confined to the natural environment of the two characters — the southwest American desert.
  7. All materials, tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme Corporation.
  8. Whenever possible, make gravity the Coyote’s greatest enemy.
  9. The Coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures.

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Two excellent poems by Idra Novey The Visitor and Of the Divine as Absence and Single Letter.

A poem on Alexander Borodin by Donald Revell : Borodin

Some lines from Reginald Dwayne Betts:

my body swaying back and forth, my head
a pendulum that’s rocked by the wild riffs
of the dudes I’m riding with: them white folks know
you ain’t god body, what you commune wine
and bread? Where you from son? Red lines?

A poem probably inspired by Storage Wars: As Is by Nicholas Friedman

The Soul by Katie Ford

The Girls of Winter by Jim Harrison

Lines from Richie Hofmann:

On the old gate at one end a clock
told an ancient form of time. I sulked along behind

How very intimate the bodily sense is can be seen by performing a little experiment in your imagination. Think first of swallowing the saliva in your mouth, or do so. Then imagine expectorating it into a tumbler and drinking it! What seemed natural and ‘mine’ suddenly becomes disgusting and alien. Or picture yourself sucking blood from a prick in your finger; then imagine sucking blood from a bandage around your finger! What I perceive as belonging intimately to my body is warm and welcome; what I perceive as separate from my body becomes, in the twinkling of an eye, cold and foreign.

– Gordon W. Allpor

THE DARJEELING LIMITED:
“I love you…
BUT I’M GONNA MACE YOU IN THE FACE.”

FANTASTIC MR. FOX:
“I love you…
BUT I SHOULDN’T HAVE MARRIED YOU.”

MOONRISE KINGDOM:
“I love you…
BUT YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.”

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