Filets: A literary treat for gourmet appetites

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Author House, Apr 16, 2012 - Reference - 144 pages
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QUERY FILETS, a literary treat for gourmet appetites FILETS, consists of 49 poems given in contemporary prose and concludes with a long, short story entitled WAIT UNTIL SPRING. The hardcover book is 135 pages long and is also available in soft cover and as an e-book edition. This is not a cookbook, but it does feature appetizing treats that cover a cafeteria selection of subjects of interest to any curious reader with a yen for variety and humor. Politics, romance, environment, philosophy, psychology, sex, all those subjects constitute a fervent poetic pursuit by the author in Part 1 of the book. The names of the persons of the drama are so thinly disguised you will identify some of the stars of the shows at a single glance: Rough Gumballs, Master of Histrionics at the Mike; Newter the Tooter, whose truths really are stranger than fiction and who is a Master of Myths Good as Mile; Glenn Peckerwood, whose blackboard masterpieces are but pentagrams chalked up in Upper Chambers where the script will be viewed by future historians as graphs for laughs and difficult of comprehension. These characters do their patriotic best to add more fuel to an economic fire not unlike the one that consumed Rome. Given the fact that the triumphs of our former Commander-in-Chief and his congress contributed a lion's share of the forces that changed the Greenback into a Hunchback, how else can these aforementioned luminaries work their will to anymore of our further detriment than by removing from the electorate all reasonable caretaker responsibility in their behalf, for which mission governments are created? ______________________________________________________________________________ Following are a few prime cuts from FILETS' menu to orient the reader to the varied contents of the book: LOVELIGHT : "...She warmed his cold soul with new adoration, A love as long and sure within him As the lambent glow of quiet gold." p.32 COVER GIRL: "a gorgeous sinner of attraction" p.22 THE CANDIDATE or SYMPHONY FROM THE NEWT WORLD: Clearly a case in which a speaker can "overspeak" to the point, an oral contraceptive is well advised. p.5 ( Not to be confused with THE ORAL ART OF PASSING GAS, a key to understanding the Speaker's spoken word.) p.110 THE NADER AFFAIR : Nader's affair with Sara Lee; she's " sweet and plenty of dough!" p.12 NICOTINE KNOCKOUT IN MY LOCAL, HOME OWNED MASSAGE SALON : Can one mix bliss with smoke rings? Just how far down Tobacco Road is non-smoker willing to go? p.2 ON THE LOVELIFE OF AN OPHRYS ORCHID: shows how torrid flower power is really as aphrodisiac. The wasp gets his dorsal tickled, making that bloom a real passion flower by turning this flight into an obvious mission of love, a phenomenon in Nature known as pollination. p.34 MY DUNES DAY: An environmental tragedy if there ever was one. What it was, in those days of yesteryear, was as ancient landscape with the memory of trolley tracks and artifacts, bent pennies and fudge sticks, raging, inlet winds (as the poem goes) and a steamy still life, totally void of AC. The pavilion was filled with couples on the dance floor, their hot bodies fused into an amalgam caused by the summer heat and hi-test-tosterone raging in the pulse of youthful desire Tragedy followed when entrepreneurs brought in backhoes to change the face of the beach and make sand dunes look like salt flats. Trolley tracks vanished in favor of, as mentioned in the Ralph Nader poem (p.12), beneficiaries of the fast food fad and the first instance of hot dogs being made with unwanted chicken parts (cry fowl!). Eventually, the beach was built over- or overbuilt-- so that the proximity of the next door neighbors enabled friendships to be cemented house-to-house by each homeowner's opening a window and giving one another a glad hand and a gracious smile. What began as a Dunes Day underwent a memorable mutation before the very eyes of old-timers who viewed the tragedy more in keeping with a horrendous Doomsday.

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The Author was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he graduated from Fayetteville High School and later from Davidson College in Davidson, NC Prior to the graduation his roommate, German Exchange Student, invited him to visit his family in Germany at their home in Weiden/Opf. in Bavaria, not more than 35 km from west of Czech Republic and 100 km east of the city of Nuernberg. In a document dated 1241 mention is made of settlements going back to the year 1000. Talk about old towns and cities, Weiden is just one of many in Germany and all of Europe as well. What began as a brief stint in Germany ended in a two year stay, affording the author an opportunity to visit neighboring countries within reach by bicycle motor scooter, or train. Youth Hostels provided economical overnight accommodations in the 1950's at the munificent cost of one dollar per night. If the Hostels provided food that was extra and likewise affordable. Bread is a staple in Europe and was sufficiently nutritious and appetizing to contribute an unforgettable ballast to the author's waistline, all at bargain basement prices. From a very basic knowledge of the German language it was evident that a lack of improved communication skills would detract from a two year endeavor to orient oneself in at least in one culture. Accordingly, he enrolled for a two semester course at the Dolmetscher Institut (Interpreters Institute) operated by the University of Heidelberg in that city for foreigners whose successful completion of German courses, together with the studies in the history and culture of that country, would be awarded a Zertificat which the author received. Today, back home in the USA, he counts his blessings in the persons of a son and daughter, three grandchildren, and a wife well-rounded in community affairs whose expertise in the kitchen can only be restrained by her husband for his own sake, because he is a well-rounded bottle washer and, of necessity, a professional calorie counter. As compared to making a living, the author confesses that writing is more a source of self satisfaction and spiritual release that it is an enterprise-for-profit. He cites proof in rejection slips which, if placed end-on-end, would be so numerous as to entice any paper recycling company to tender bid for a ready supply of raw product. If reimbursed for postage expended on works mailed out plus reading fees charged, he could have retired five years earlier. Add re-writes, and the family would be housed in a modern castle with servants. In as much as this publication is intended to reverse a bad trend, prospective readers are encouraged to buy one copy of FILETS for every room in the house.

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