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Welcome to the world of Realistic Hallucinations. On one hand I have an urge to explain this book of poems, but on the other I wish it to be read without any explanation, so take your choice; read this or skip straight to the work itself. What are these "Realistic Hallucinations" and how did they come about ? The title "Realistic Hallucinations" comes from Peter Max's phot Welcome to the world of Realistic Hallucinations. On one hand I have an urge to explain this book of poems, but on the other I wish it to be read without any explanation, so take your choice; read this or skip straight to the work itself. What are these "Realistic Hallucinations" and how did they come about ? The title "Realistic Hallucinations" comes from Peter Max's photo collages in the 1960's, and like everything else in this book was appropriated for my own use. These are word collages. Just about every line in this work was composed of lines clipped, cut, pasted, and edited from a variety of pre-printed sources. I stole these lines from all over the place; Tom Wolfe's ""The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,"" Henry Kane's ""Fistful of Death,"" ""Sportsman Like Driving"" (a drivers-ed handbook), The J. Peterman Catalog, newspaper articles, magazines, junk mail advertisements, etc... And then I added some miscellaneous lines of my own poetry into the mix...


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Welcome to the world of Realistic Hallucinations. On one hand I have an urge to explain this book of poems, but on the other I wish it to be read without any explanation, so take your choice; read this or skip straight to the work itself. What are these "Realistic Hallucinations" and how did they come about ? The title "Realistic Hallucinations" comes from Peter Max's phot Welcome to the world of Realistic Hallucinations. On one hand I have an urge to explain this book of poems, but on the other I wish it to be read without any explanation, so take your choice; read this or skip straight to the work itself. What are these "Realistic Hallucinations" and how did they come about ? The title "Realistic Hallucinations" comes from Peter Max's photo collages in the 1960's, and like everything else in this book was appropriated for my own use. These are word collages. Just about every line in this work was composed of lines clipped, cut, pasted, and edited from a variety of pre-printed sources. I stole these lines from all over the place; Tom Wolfe's ""The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,"" Henry Kane's ""Fistful of Death,"" ""Sportsman Like Driving"" (a drivers-ed handbook), The J. Peterman Catalog, newspaper articles, magazines, junk mail advertisements, etc... And then I added some miscellaneous lines of my own poetry into the mix...

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