Wordsmith Wednesday: Pujol “Getnhard”

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In honor of Freakin’ Weekend VII, our words this week come from Pujol‘s “Getnhard” off the record X File On Main St, released on Infinity Cat Recordings back in 2011.

The lyrics are:

“I’m just going to do/
Exactly what I want/
But try really hard/
To not hurt anyone/
Too hard”

In the years since these lyrics were written, Nashville-based musician/writer/bunny dad Daniel Pujol has built a reputation for engaging classic issues and contemporary ideas in a thoughtful, nuanced way rarely seen in rock’n’roll. While there are a handful of other lines I thought about highlighting, these words are about as close as any song comes to articulating my basic belief system, so here they are. Expression of personal liberty and empathy are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

So consider yourself warned, Nashville. This weekend, I’m just going to do exactly what I want and what I want is to FREAK.

– NR

P.S.: Check out some of Daniel’s poems in our second issue!

Pujol

Issue 2 Jacket

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Here is our jacket design for Issue 2!

Prose:
Margaret Duffy
Zeke Jarvis
Clyde Liffey
Stephenson Muret
Stephen O’Connor
Cynthia Reed
Mike White
K.M. Zahrt

Poetry:
Nathan Caldwell
Moriah Claud
John Grey
Kirby Jayes
Peycho Kanev
Steve Klepetar
Tyler Kline
Len Kuntz
Sydney Pacione
Richard King Perkins II
Frederick Pollack
Daniel Pujol
Amanda Rozmer
David Stallings
J.J. Steinfeld

Photography and Design:
Nick Rossi

Sobotka Issue 2 Jacket

The Fiery Pits of Profit

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An excerpt from Daniel Pujol’s poem “The Pope’s in China and You’re in Hell” reads,

“When I think about the Devil. And how he’s apparently still restrained by God.

I think about this guy.

He’s not doing anything illegal, but he’s tweaked it just enough.

Just enough to not get in trouble.

That reconciles the whole Abrahamic game board for me. The Devil is like a moral technocrat. An offshore bank account for the soul. Some kind of divine tax shelter.

Make them take what you should give. And just bend the world like a dry noodle.

He really is in the details. Not throned in Hell. He’s emailing in the bathroom, right now, articulating the cusp of not-illegal pleasures, gains, and acquisitions.”

In this poem, Daniel approaches morality with mathematics, imagining the Devil as a business savvy sleazeball rather than some sort of intangible Evil force and, in the process, secularizes sin in a way that emphasizes the role of personal agency as it relates to righteousness and resisting the temptation exploit Lucifer’s moral loopholes. Find the full poem in Issue 2.

Photo Credit: Ingrid D.
(http://road-tripping-europe.com/blog/2014/06/weekly-photo-challenge-extra-extra/)

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Issue 2 Authors

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We are proud to announce our authors for Issue 2!

Prose from:

Margaret Duffy
Zeke Jarvis
Clyde Liffey
Stephenson Muret
Steve O’Connor
Cynthia Reed
Mike White
K.M. Zahrt

Poetry from:

Nathan Caldwell
Moriah Claud
John Grey
Kirby Jayes
Peycho Kanev
Steve Klepetar
Tyler Kline
Len Kuntz
Sydney Pacione
Richard King Perkins II
Frederick Pollack
Daniel Pujol
Amanda Rozmer
David Stallings
J.J. Steinfeld

We will be previewing some of the included works weekly until the release of the magazine in April!

Sobotka Issue 2 Authors