A challenge. Authors were asked to take one of the quotes below from Ted Berrigan's Sonnets and use it as inspiration to write a happy popslash story. Quote must appear as title, opening quote, ending quote or within the story. No fair having someone read it aloud in a book, throw the book across the room and never reference again. And happy. A story with happy ending, and if shmoop or gleeful porn was gleaned from this source material, it's impressive. But absolutely, without exception, a happy story from the surreal and sad quotes. Sweet Teddy B is doing the twist, he's turning and turning away from the original idea but still holding onto it.
Here are the stories so far. Pairings listed at the author's discretion.
fucked til 7 now she's late to work and I'm
18 so why are my hands shaking I should know better
All The Things She Said by LibertyGinger.
mostly Timbertrick, but there's bits of Lynncest and Justin/Trace implied
As my strength and I walk out and look for you.
Go Looking by torch
too soon for the broken arm. Ripeness begins corrupting every tree.
Maybe In A Past Life by Cherish
Pink/Britney "Justin was just a front."
Something there is is benzedrine in bed
Something There Is Is Benzedrine In Bed by Cappuccino
barrel-assing Chevrolets grow bold. I summon
to myself sad silent thoughts
Hooray For Hollywood by Scotty
and I am forced to write "belly" when I mean "love"
Nevertheless, You'll Do by Rhys
Simple night houses rain
Standing pat in the breathless blue air.
Trying To Fall by Northern
Trains go by, and they are trains. He hears the feet of the men
Racing to beg him to wait.
The Tourist by Katie
Too many mosquitoes under the blazing sun
out in the stinking alley behind my desk! too many
Too Many Mosquitos Under The Blazing Sun by Saturn
just homely enough
to be beautiful
in the dark neighborhoods of my own sad youth
i fall in love. once
Yourself In Song by kel. & Sandy Keene (Links to story at both sites by clicking on names)
Some people prefer "the interior monologue"
I like to beat people up
Decoder by Music Diamond
As I am a cowboy and you are imaginary
As I Am A Cowboy And You Are Imaginary by Crystal Rose.
Summer so histrionic, marvelous dirty days
Inspiration by Dream
*added July 1st, 2003:
To swallow. Thus a man lives by his tooth
Fretful by Beth
Forget bring the green boy white ways
Depth by Sandy Keene
And I find my hand grows stale at the throttle
Of my many faceted and fake appearance
Stale At The Throttle by Tomilee
*added July 4th, 2003:
He is not in it, the hungry dead doctor
Brains Go Great With Aquavit by Stubbleglitter
*added July 11th, 2003:
And seeming wide night. Now night
Is a big drink of waterbugs Then we were so fragile
Honey scorched our lips
For The Sake Of Daydreaming by CJ
*Added after that:
Its patternless pattern of excitement
What You Need by Jenn
Justin/Lance, and a hint of JC/Chris
*And after that:
Romance of it all was overwhelming
daylight of itself dissolving and of course it rained
Daylight Dissolving by Katie
they weep and get solemn etcetera
Retraction by Stargems
*And added later still:
at every hand, my critic
and when I stand and clank it gives me shoes
At Every Hand by Harley
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