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Hezekiah Allen Taylor
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"I like my women like I like my poems: figurative"

"Hat," (as his close friends call him) dropped out of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 1996. He calls himself a "Road Scholar," largely crediting a lengthy road trip across the United States as being the greatest lesson of his life.

His idol is not Kerouac, as some might expect. Instead Hat idolizes fellow Beat Allen Ginsberg (Hat often tells people he was named after Ginsberg), Thomas Hobbes, and, of course, Elvis. (His favorite books are listed after his biography.)

Though he is currently a tattoo artist and convenience clerk, he still finds time to collect Pez and Jesus trinkets. His dream is to work for Pez or Archie McPhee. His girlfriend, Belle, has been a stripper for two years. His father, a former Juliard instructor, and his mother, one of the first women employed by NASA, still want him to be a lawyer; they simply want Belle to find a job where she can remain clothed. So far, his parents are not getting either wish.

He is working on a series of projects entitled Three Views of Famous Virgins. Each virgin is captured in a poem, collage, and tattoo. So far, Hat says his favorite set is Attila the Hun.

Both Hezekiah Allen Tayor and Francine DuBois appear in Sinatra . . . but buddy, I'm a kind of poem, edited by Gilbert Gigliotti, alongside poets such as Allen Ginsberg and David Lehman. Their Sinatra poems originally appeared here in Take2, Issue 8.

Hezekiah Allen Taylor's Publication History

Note: This index only includes publication in the EastWesterly Review and related journals.

Take2: Issue 18
Nora sure can eat a lot of beans
It's my virginity, and I own it!
Get your underwear out of the prayer circle
Why I Don't Like Tab
The snorkel was a deal breaker
World's Most Marvelous Lady Gymnast
The typical purchaser
Is sex the answer?
You took my decoder ring.
"McCain was incredulous at the sight of Obama, a man he plainly does not respect, striding so assertively across large stages." (The Atlantic, Oct. 2008, pg. 46)

Take2: Issue 17
if I spoke Spanish
why I never left your father
Punctuation Goddesses Ride Elephants Made of Commas
Jesus in Spandex
I'd stick you in an oval frame
Slapstick Presidency
Super Duper Hero Machinations
Chivalry Deflector
Beads
celebrity collapse camp

Take2: Issue 16
your lover's house
produce of Scotland
on no, and a lot of live musicians
consume-her center
challenge the triplet
crazy dance holiness
an orchestra--a hen is better than an egg tomorrow
delicate person but with very humor
cure white
beauty theme park

Take2: Issue 15
a sparkling future
a fat comeback
love programming
I get the distinct feeling
rating the Idol
happiness freakout
conveniently likeable
glossy sincerity
frequent flickering
holiday of disobedience

Take2: Issue 14
I am composed of thousands of tiny pixels.
Would you STOP going on about Samuel Beckett? There are other things in life.
Everything Morrissey predicted in the '80s is coming true
Karen, will you take that out of your mouth?
Nervous headaches? Bulging veins?
No. I haven't missed you at all.
Are there McDonalds in heaven?
Most gangsta rappers are quite polite in person
George Orwell writes beautifully. He is due for a revival.
I used to get drunk before meeting journalists

Take2: Issue 13
Postage Stamp Woman
Brand New Dogma
Bunnies Don't Come When They're Called
childish habit of listing (a.k.a.) "Soap is a tool of peace and a weapon of war."
failure to sacrifice (a.k.a. "If you can't get rid of your skeleton in the closet, you best teach him to dance.")
Shock and Awe
Time. Date. Year.
Some Sort of Random Party
Anna Karinina Quilt
Home of the Heavenly Pie

Take2: Issue 12
"Brainwashee" or "Brainwashor"? Which one are you?
I've lost my social sparkle.
Downgrading on elevated uncertainty.
You haven't annoyed me yet, so I wouldn't worry.
Breaker, breaker, 1-9
Adaquacy is the challenge.
Singles Swap Meet
She only comes home to swap clothes . . . and fellas.
Richard, you are British and the sea is in your blood.
The female chimp forages alone.

Take2: Issue 11
Ode to a Steve McQueen
Ode to an Office Crush
Ode to Those I Wish Were Dead
In Memory of Jack Klugman
Jenny's My Angel
To My Dear and Loving Louie
Jenna on the Mat
It is His Birthday (for Joey Z.)
To TLC's Coy Trading Spaces
A Story About My Body

Take2: Issue 10
Scooby Doo
Moonlighting
Dukes of Hazzard
MacGyver
Jerry Springer
Vega$/Spencer for Hire
Rockford Files
A-Team
The Love Boat
Flops I remember well (or not so well)

Take2: Issue 9
The Streets of Miami--That Was My Dance School
I Believe in God 100 Percent
I'm Starting to Think, Man, I Can Bust This Dude
Well, I Rap.
Yo, Boy, I'm Serious.
Talk About Being Bummed!
I Picked "To the Extreme" as a Title 'Cause That's What Vanilla Ice Has Always Been About
As Far As Creativity Goes, I Might Be Using a Little Bit of Someone Else's Music (a.k.a. "dead in nebraska")
And I Said, "Sure, You Know, Rock It!"
Stop, Collaborate, and Listen!

Take2: Issue 8
I Think She Needs a Sugar Daddy, Or At Least Someone With a Better Bathroom
Black Hair, As Black As My Soul
Great Rack . . .
All Cats Fear the Plunger
Roasty Toasty Princess
The Washing Machine is Quiet on Blue Moons
Where's My Pants?
Warmest Thing Known
Men Who Idolize Frank Sinatra
How to Write an Essay About Flowers

Take 2: Issue 7
Do Not Touch Casket--Electrical Shock
The Waitress Writes Poetry
A City Without Fences
Your Waiter This Evening Will Be . . .
Drive-Thru Therapy
Poo and What-not
I've Been the Governor of a Big State
Do You Know How to Make Someone Pee His Pants, Really?
Dude, He Was All Like "Glitter, Glitter" When He Touched Me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T (in high male falsetto)

Take2: Issue 6
We're in !@#$%^&* Kentucky
I've Never Flown Before
Angel, You Want Some Bacon?
Perception is Reality
Beaver Project
Shoe Tree
Damn Wicca Lesbians
Ode to Ol' Roy
White Rabbit
Please Use Rear Entrance

Take2: Issue 5
Behind the Green Door
The Mob Stole Our Porn
Seasick Jesus
Shove It Up Your Giddy Ass
Sexual Theme Park
There is Beauty in the Room
Liberty
Neon Furs
Somebody's Dyin'
Shrieking Girl

Take2: Issue 4
Screwing Up Means Possible Arrest
I'd Buy Lederhosen From You
That might require surgery. Or IHOP.
We appreciate it in a deep, non-Lacanian sort of way
Dreamlet
I Could Have My Seclusion and My Sex Too
That Boy's Too Afraid of Incarceration
GRRRrrrrrrrrr!
Am I Capable of Getting Tricky?
And Involves the Same Psychotropic Drugs

Take2: Issue 3
The Posturing Grackle
No One Thing Deserves This Much Warmth
Wasting Time on Each Blue Jay
With the Ease of Dew
I Lost a Horizon
I Guess It's All in My Reaction
I Suppose It's the Colors
Silver and Green--Knowing
I've Spent Hours Turning Rocks
Blue (Can Mean Anything in a Dream)

Take2: Issue 2
How Can I Not Get Upset When Someone Dies?
The Bad Touch
How Do I Rave?
How Adolf Hitler Died
Is the Sun Smaller than the Moon?
President Lincoln Never Wore a Turtleneck Sweater
Does Daniel Hurley Still Own His Trailer in the State of Washington?
Who Invented the Ball-point Pen?
Where Can I Find Poetry?
Muffy Goes Punk

Take2: Issue 1
Why Do My Pie Crusts Fall?
There's Nothing More Painful Than Watching Your Child Struggle to Read
The Floor Plan of the Taj Mahal
That Elvis Kind of Lovin'
There's a Mystery Maker in the Kitchen
The Arthur Miller School of Dance
"I Have Doughnut in My Hair"
The Christian Way of Brushing Your Teeth
What Do Communists Eat For Breakfast
There's Something About That Man You Just Wanna Shellac (a.k.a. coming up clean)