Time to grab a book and get tipsy!!!
A Deep &
Gorgeous Thirst - Unabridged Audio
A Truth: drinking is great...when it's great. And it's
terrible when it's terrible. It has a value that is difficult to quantify --
and a price that's sometimes all too easy to see and feel.
It contains multitudes, as ol' Uncle Walt might say.
And so do we.
This was always what the book was after.
Another truth: this book has been incorrectly categorized.
It's drunk poetry, sure, but it's something else entirely. It's
gutter-autobiography in free verse, it's memoir splashing about in the bloody
dregs. The book is a drunken heart blown open -- wide as a busted bunker
More truth: I can't hardly drink like I used to. I can't
even really drink as much as I maybe want to. Life is cruel like that. Just as
soon as you find a way to save things that are otherwise lost, the world
conspires to strip those meager comforts away. It's not fair, sure, but at
least it encourages us to constantly seek out new salvations.
The penultimate truth: I made the audio version of A Deep
& Gorgeous Thirst mainly for myself. The 36 other readers on the
project are family, friends, and folks I admire. Hearing their readings, their
takes, many of them not just reading but remembering while they do -- that's
the juice, man...the real loot. It's a kind of official record scratched
out...the DrunkSkull Scrolls. It's a mythology forever linked with my tiny
little pedestrian experiences with death and love -- which is to say my
own redemption. To have these recordings down and done and saved and stored
means I will always have at least 3 and a half hours of pure, mad heart and
pain and madness and joy at my fingertips...and what else are we supposed to do
with these little lives we;ve been given? Our time on this hurtling rock should
be spent saving all we can, remembering all the gut-laughs and the gulags. save
our hearts and lives and help however me might.
This was one way I could help.
The final truth: goddammit, we gotta laugh. As hard as this
life can sometimes be, as much shit as we're sometimes made to swallow, to
survive -- an undefeated laugh to the heavens and the stars is a kind of
cheapjack invincibility -- one we can all afford. It's telling those capricious
gods that, despite their lunatic machinations, they can't take it all...that
our hearts will fight and refuse to keep quiet.
And A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst is one of our sad
and heartbroken and swilling, fighting, cackling war songs.
As for a drink to accompany: as I said, I can't get tore up
like before. Instead, I tend toward a quick and simple sip. I stick a bottle of
Casamigos in the freezer until it gets snowflakes. Then I pour out a tall
measure in a frozen double-shot glass. It sheets over with a frosty film and
the hot pads of my fingertips leave cataracted eyes such that I might stare
into the soul of the drink itself...and maybe chuckle along with a few drunk
poems, read by a bunch of gorgeous accents, while I go.
And I invite all you kindred spirits to join me.
Purchase Link: Author Website
For your listening pleasure,
Sample some of the drunk poems below!!