frank and oat

From 2011

According to Frank Debenham: 

Oates pretended to have a grudge against the ‘medical faculty’ in that certain medical comforts, namely brandy, taken for emergencies on sledge journeys, were never opened.

He asked what brandy would be given as treatment for and one of the answers was ‘a fit.’

Later in the day Oates went out to where Wilson and others were shovelling snow and threw a very realistic fit at Wilson’s feet. An accomplice said to Wilson: “It looks as if Oates had got a fit.” “Yes,” said Wilson, “he’s got a fit all right; rub some snow down his neck, and he’ll soon get over it.”

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when 
the paranoid people 
go outside, 
the watchers watch; 
through a satellite window, 
from a plush 
executive 
office. 


when 
the paranoid people 
stay indoors, 
the watchers watch. 


police sirens 
woot 
or 
chirp 
or 
scream. 


a slippery 
man 
eyeballs 
you 
from behind 
a newspaper. 


your hair 
is blowing 
in the air of
your breezeless 
bedroom. 


the new curtains 
you 
bought 
under-reach 
your windows. 


there 
are 
a dozen 
delivery trucks 
on your block, 
banging, 
backing up 
and beeping. 


the phone 
youre holding 
blares 
a no-service 
signal. 


your thoughts 
drift 
to skinny-dipping 
in your neighbor’s 
above-ground 
pool. 



you are alone 
in the world 
and 
that is why 
you are 
always 
exposed. 


(a dog 
in the 
alley 
behind your house
barks 
and 
answers 
its own 
echoes.)