Fiction

 

GINA, FOUND AGAIN

Author:  Lawrence Bridges

Genre: Romance

 

Gina Valenzuela has never known what it’s like to go without. Her father, Baron Sr., is the richest man in Los Angeles. The life of private jets, haute couture and a monolithic house in Brentwood filled with priceless art has insulated her from the severe draught that has befallen the city. While people in LA wait anxiously every day for their two hours of water service, the Valenzuelas drink and bathe in Perrier that comes from a gigantic cistern in the kitchen.

 

Even the family portraits taken by Annie Liebowitz can’t hide the Valenzuela dysfunction. Gina knows she has to get out. A reality TV deal is looming, and her father has strange, possibly incestuous designs for her future. Her forbidden, unspoken crush on her half brother is unraveling, and the malicious ambition of her newly political sister, Claire, thrusts her out into the crazed revelry of LA. Something in the water has driven citizens of Los Angeles into a passionate rebellion against conventional life. They speak in rhymes, assemble in parks for poetry slams, and have turned the city into a permanent Burning Man. As she disappears into a community of illegal immigrants and starts a new life, she follows the spectacular demise of her family on their reality show that has gripped the nation. She reinvents herself in Little Guatemala, content with her new life. The Valenzuelas find a way back into her life, and not in the way Gina could ever dream of.

 
 

 

Martin and Martine

Author:  Lawrence Bridges

Genre: Science Fiction



Martin has an easy life in the utopia that is post-apocalyptic Paris. The hedonistic society, devoted to leisure and sex, leaves little room to complain. The Server, an artificial intelligence that governs the city, has walled off Paris from the barbaric outside world that reverted to the Bronze Age after a series of calamities. At the Apple Store, Martin is introduced to the hottest new release, Best Friend. The device, a translucent laurel wreath, is worn like a crown and can create a vivid three dimensional experience with any person, in any place, living or dead. With Best Friend engaged, Martin spots a beautiful young woman on the other side of the tracks in the Metro. He doesn’t have to imagine her touch, her lips, her smell. Best Friend has taken care of that, and the woman doesn’t even know it.

Across the tracks, Martine is having her own fun. Through a glitch, Martin and Martine are united in their experience. Their erotic union takes the form of a true relationship in the physical world. There has never been a better time to be alive. This is not 1984 or Brave New World, but not everyone is happy. Calex, a rogue academic and Martin’s child hood friend, theorizes that The Server is slowly culling the human herd to reach a critically ideal number. There are unexplained breaches in the wall, but do the blissfully unaware citizens of Paris care enough to take notice?

 

Horses on Drums

Author:  Lawrence Bridges

Genre: Poetry



When Jackson Pollock said, “Painting is a state of being,” perhaps he spoke to the future of art and to the poetry of Lawrence Bridges. Read Horses on Drums and you’ll soon agree, “This month’s been like no other culture.” Time haunts its own distance inside a world full of episodic discord and upended images, compelled and compelled to find, indeed, “the syntax is circular.” Aphoristic, strange, funny, indissoluble, this stunning first book offers a taste of Simic, of Holub, something savoring Tarkovsky’s lyrical hero “To blaze, word-like” inside our mouths. This is a poetry, vivid with entropy, that turns in on itself, as if action is elucidation-backwards, and reveals, from the deep pockets of the poet, an unspent currency of fresh verve and revelation, of sadness and awakened consciousness. The answer is a present-tense yes: “Don’t you know time will meet the same dog over and over?” —Elena Karina Byrne

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Flip Days

Author:  Lawrence Bridges

Genre: Poetry

Using Hollywood screenplay structure to illustrate a life in three acts, eighteen scenes, each with two poems as mirrors to action, filmmaker/poet Lawrence Bridges sequences through tragicomic plot twists and subplots to create a character-driven, novel-like book of lyric poems. An unnamed protagonist is torn from a lover, torn from himself, in perpetual transition while starting a new family, surrounded by a lively array of colleagues and friends as his career implodes, asserting his autonomy only to become part of life's "conspiracies." Strangers shift around him in a murky world beyond his control, a world with signs of indeterminacy and happenstance: Restaurant patrons smile innocently while thieves quietly rob, a death pact is used to escape a lover, disguised signals from space aliens announce that our enemies are now their allies. How do you tie up loose ends when characters we like are actually the bad guys? Bridges prods us to answer the main question: Can a man love as his world spells farewell? A unique, delightful read—an invitation to explore something new in what may be a new genre fusing some of the elements of screenplay with poetry. Today is already yesterday to tomorrow, in Flip Days.

 

Cynthia Ozick on Lawrence Bridges and the school of Dissociative Poets:

 

Dissociative Poet! Dis-sociative?! - when the ruling motif is precisely the opposite, when what we are struck by, again and again and again is the intuitive wizardry of lightening associations, association, junctions, segues, startling linkages that make you see as you've never seen before and think as you've never thought before!  As feel as you've never felt before. And very often jump out of you skin! "Our profiles are what make us look strange." There is pure lyricism, the beautiful "Winter Object: Oath of Silence," wherein the images are Yeatslike.  Elsewhere, this lovely phrase" "All the cells want to be flowers." All the cells want to be flowers. Oh, to have written that!”

 

brownwood

Author:  Lawrence Bridges

Genre: Poetry

SAMPLE FROM BROWNWOOD

UNDERTOW

 

This hand's shadow plays over the page. I drag my left hand against

it in the dark--- this hand moves down music, the memory of sex, darker

flowers, over riverbed of green, over things unsaid concealed in song,

allowing no reply like a light left on all week. A bird lands on the fountain.

I build it a wing. I make something simple, then rest in the winging-it

heart, I confess, in the only language I know, building new wing version

on the way down. The music I distrust stirs my inner fool.

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Brownwood, like Berryman's Henry, is a triad (I, He, You), an "other" character, constructed within a real-life geography in an arsenal of time and place. Lawrence Bridges offers Polaroid graphics of his protagonist's identity in the thick of our culture, amid the changing rules of fate and folly. As Elena Karina Byrne observes in her Foreword, "Brownwood is full of angst, wry humor, and sarcasm; he's a lost twin, doppelganger, living in a melancholy place [and] this book's poetic plot . . . arrives with cinematographic aplomb." Bridges's third volume of poems is like an autobiography of one stuck inside the vessel of who he is: "Feared as a monster, tame as a clown."