I pulled the zipper closed on a mosquito net at Jenfest, and immediately heard summer.

I was reading more Anne Carson last night and found this gem in her Glass, Irony and God.

‘”Treachery,”‘ (she notices) sounds just like his zipper going down.”
– “God Stiff,” Glass, Irony and God, page 46.

Vinyl records collectors

Zip it Up!

This story appeared in an old issue of Report on Business magazine.

A clerk at a local convenience store can thank his lucky zipper
for saving him from serious injury, even death. Something went wrong
during a late night robbery, and the thief took a shot at the clerk with
his small calibre pistol. The bullet lodged in the clerks zipper, failing to
penetrate. The thief turned and ran, leaving empty-handed.

Lame Zipper Joke

Old Man 1:”I keep forgetting to close my fly after I’ve gone for a piss.”

Old Man 2: “That’s not a problem. Forgetting to undo your fly before you take a piss, now that’s a problem!



“Exuberance is beauty.”

Quotations from Blake’s “Marriage of Heaven and Hell”

  • blake_william_english_1757e280931827_satan_watching_the_caresses_of_adam_and_eve_illustration_to_paradise_lost_1808_pen_watercolor_on_paper_50-5_x_38_cm_museum_of_fine_arts“Exuberance is beauty.”
  • “Energy is eternal delight.”
  • “Damn braces; bless relaxes.”
  • “Enough! Or too much.”
  • “I asked;  ‘does a firm persuasion that a thing if so, make it so?’
  • “He replied: ‘all poets believe that it does,  and in ages of imagination this firm persuasion removed mountains; but many are not capable of  the firm persuasion of anything.’
  • “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to men as it is, infinite.”
  • “For man has closed himself up till he sees all things through narrow chinks  of his cavern.”
  • “Expect poison from standing water.”
  • “The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water and breeds reptiles of the mind. “
  • “Opposition is true friendship.”
  • (from the Clod and the Pebble, “Songs of Innocence and Experience”
    Love seeketh not Itself to please,
    Nor for itself hath any care;
    But for another gives its ease,
    And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.
  • Poems from Blake’s Notebook (c. 1800–1803)
    When a Man has Married a Wife
    He finds out whether
    Her Knees & elbows are only
    glued together.


Victor Enns writes poetry, reads,and reviews fiction. Boy (Hagios 2012) was published in May, and Lucky Man, (Hagios 2005) was short-listed for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award.

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