YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO
ATTEND A CELEBRATION OF
ONE POET, ONE BEARD, ONE LIFETIME!
TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1952
SPECATCULAR WORLDLY GALLANT GALLERY
NO RSVP REQUIRED
12:00 P.M. - DO NOT BE LATE!
A SUPRISE REVELATION WILL OCCUR AT NOONTIME
"And once again, the Paul Revere boots of Josey Certain went clickety-clack alongside clock towers tickled by the bottom of afternoon hours."
From the year 1588 onward, those who haven’t been able to afford passage Stateside have gone Bennington in order to start their life anew.
A misty island in the North Sea of Europe, Bennington is a beautiful, mythical country that has been unconditionally ruled from the start by a succession of queens – bloody, pompous, ruthless, glorious, and wide-bottomed.
They always make a lot of noise in Bennington when a new queen is crowned; even more so when a female successor to the throne is not rapidly put into place.
Such is the case with the island’s current queen, Pansy Ditch, who at age 52 has yet to bear a successor to beget the throne. A lesbian who prefers to rule from the comfort of bed, Pansy is eventually forced into ratifying (in the spring of 1952) a madcap search for a “Lucky One” to donate himself, in a roundabout way, to legacy. Word on the street is that it’s any man’s game to be deemed as such – that the Lucky One will be set for life in regards to riches. Dearly wanting to get the whole affair over and done with, Pansy lies in bed and waits. Visions in the night have told her that when the Lucky One appears, she will know it is he.
On the other side of the island, far and away from the royal bedroom, is the working-class neighborhood of Beverly Coats. And it is there that we first meet freckled and fanged Josey Certain.
Twenty-two years in age, Josey survives financially by committing petty thefts in the night with his bandit trio, The Dry Humps. Josey desperately wants to move on from being a criminal, so, in order to win the attention of the queen, he pulls off the masterpiece of pranks at a local history museum that is soon going to be celebrating the life of Walt Whitman. In due course, the prank will outfox Josey, and in the end it will take a troupe of botanists, Indian refugees and Walt Whitman (back from the grave) to catapult Josey into the limelight he seeks.
A love story, a comedy of manners, an epic, Queen of Birds is a mirror of our own anxious, modern times.
The founding of Bennington is a good place to start.