Author’s Note: I wrote many articles for Paris Passion & The Paris Free Voice in the 1980s-90s, and to have some diversionary fun I would sometimes go out on the street and gather incredible data like this one “story” I produced on the mangled-English printed on sweatshirts. I called it “Sweatshirt Haiku” because, indeed, they had the abrupt and stark feel of haiku, albeit with an absurd or surreal or naively playful aspect to them. We would read them at parties and eventually they gained in charm & meaning.
bart plantenga is the author of novels Beer Mystic, Radio Activity Kills, & Ocean GroOve, short story collection Wiggling Wishbone & novella Spermatagonia: The Isle of Man & wander memoirs: Paris Scratch & NY Sin Phoney in Face Flat Minor. His books YODEL-AY-EE-OOOO: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World and Yodel in HiFi plus the CD Rough Guide to Yodel have created the misunderstanding that he’s one of the world’s foremost yodel experts. He’s also a DJ & has produced Wreck This Mess in NYC, Paris & Amsterdam since forever. He lives in Amsterdam.
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