And Prepare for Battle


Button Baby sewed himself onto a kite. An angry young boy dipped Button Baby
and swayed and tore up the other kites with the razors embedded in Button Baby’s arms.
When Button Baby’s kite was all alone, the angry young boy sat down and dreamed
he was captain of a sewer excavation party. He took a wrong turn and wound up beneath
an Ancient Aztec village.
“You’ve been warned before,” said the chief.
The angry boy screamed back, “If you weren’t so secular, you’d float.”
Meanwhile Button Baby was having his own dream and it wasn’t very pretty. Some
children were woven into the fabric of their own diapers. Kites were made out of them.
Angry young boys cut them to shreds with embedded razors. Button Baby was kidnapped
by a pack rat and traded for a piece of tinfoil.
The angry young boys were explaining how they were really trying to release the
embedded children from their clothing captors. The mutilations were an accident.
Delirious, Button Baby whispered the name of a well-known plastic surgeon and
said, “I don’t think I’ll want to stay here after I’ve been over there.”
His weapons were useless now. It made him want to fight.

Fiction. Modern Abstract Fables.

(First edition, hardcover with dustjacket, 524 pages, $36.50 USD.)

Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days draws from fairy tales, a condescending of a 1938 Social Studies reader for 6th grade, an 1890 handbook on marital compatibility, numerous annoying educational advancement studies, the myths and legends of third-world countries and minority peoples, pulp fiction, a history of carnival side shows, folktales, frequent conversations with Crows, Owls and a wide variety of underground inhabitants, insects and the people who collect them, Joseph Cornell, Günter Eich, Russell Edson, the French Surrealist poets, the Quay Brothers, letterpress printing, and the author’s inability to channel his imagination linearly.

Begin from the beginning, catch up, read daily. Just refer to the Burrow Guide.