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  • The Muse and Whirled Retort 2024

    The Muse and Whirled Retort June 2024

    The Muse and Whirled Retort

    Chris Chandler Poet Know Exit

    The New Book is at the Presses!

    Hey Everybody!

It’s well... Past that time again. So Sorry I am late getting this out.

    If you are looking for the GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY on alll counts news letter - this is not the one. Plenty of people are writing about it and I don't want to add to all the noise. I will only ask, "Does this make him more or less likley to be elected?"

    And which ever way the election goes - we will still be a divided nation and the only think we can do about that is to go out there and YES, befriend a Trump supporter. And in your own time patiently turn them around, gently like water cracking stone.

    That SAID!

    Summer is upon us and I am still frantically booking shows for The Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit Show on the west coast. We are playing the High Sierra Music Festival and The Oregon Country Faire and The Black Sheep Reunion. Fasten your seat belts ladies and gentlemen and every thing in between, this is going to be a thrilling ride.

    If you are anywhere on the west coast and would like to see us come to your town - please let me know. Keep checking the website for updates there are lots of things pending. thanks.
    On this tour I am going to be celebrating my new Anthology: Know Exit.
    When I made it to 20, I put out a boxed set ‘best of’ CD - when I made it 25, I put out an anthology ‘Best of poetry called Avoiding Godot. 30 years was the best ‘one liners’ from 30 years, and NOW I want to put out a NEW book!

    If you would like to mail order a copy click HERE: I WANT THE NEW CHANDLER BOOK!

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    Chandler and Benoit Live!

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    M.U.S.E. .A.N.D. .W.H.I.R.L.E.D. .R.E.T.O.R.T.

    Blue Bonnets
    (For Kim Fuselier)

    When I saw the bluebonnets bloom I thought of you.

    At the time,
    I didn’t know why exactly.

    I was just driving down the interstate,
    minding my own business,
    listening to the radio,
    listening to the news.

    Why I don’t know, but I was.
    But, let me tell ya,
    it was doom and gloom.

    (I hate that shit)

    Doom and gloom.
    The world’s woes filled the cabin of my van.

    I was banging my head against the steering wheel.
    I was at my wits end.
    It was foreboding.

    But then I looked out the window....
    and holy cow!
    It was like when The Wizard of Oz
    goes from black and white to color.

    Blue Bonnets!

    Solid swaths of blue violet everywhere.

    “Thank you, Ladybird!“
    I said to myself.

    Maybe that is why I thought of you.
    It was you that told me about Ladybird.

    “There is goodness in this world,”
    I thought.
    “There really is. Look at those bluebonnets!”

    As I drove a little further down the road.
    (MoPac turning into SR385 in North Austin)

    I am not making this up.

    There was a giant yellow lawnmower,
    mowing them all down.

    the news was still blaring...
    “Israeli bombing, Ukraine, all Donald Trump all the time.”
    You name it. I heard it. I hated it.


    As I passed the lawnmower in front of me...
    there was nothing but freshly mowed grass.

    No more blue bonnets.

    Only freshly mowed grass.

    Nothing but freshly mowed esplanade.

    ...and the radio continued to blair:
    Doom and gloom. Doom and gloom.

    Southern border...
    Trump trial, Trump trial, Trump trial...
    No, he is ahead in the polls...
    Gloom and doom.

    I complained about the experience on social media.
    (Who wouldn’t?)

    “It is illegal in Texas to mow down bluebonnets.”
    they said.

    Good but, It doesn’t change the fact that it is happening.

    Someone chimed in,
    “They mow them down to help spread the seeds.”

    Huh? Wut?
    I liked that.


    “Spread the seeds! Make more beauty,”
    I’ll run with that.

    I think I liked liking that notion
    more than I liked thinking it thru.

    Flowers are not seeds. In fact, quite the opposite.

    Once I realized the mixed metaphor,
    the more I thought of you.
    What a mixed metaphor you are.

    Your joy.
    Where it comes from.
    Your joy is so far superior to any of the cynicism I come to the table with.

    I thought of you.
    Seeing the bluebonnets in bloom...

    You are beautiful.

    But then, as soon as I thought of you.

    You called me.
    Out of the blue.

    Not metaphorically.
    After I was just thinking about you.
    You asked me to write a poem for you.
    Time was of the essence you told me.
    But I did not know why.

    Of course I started it.

    But I had no idea.

    And now…

    I don’t know what to say here.

    Things have changed since I started this poem,

    I am trying to complete it
    and I am caught up in Syntax.

    You are beautiful?
    You were beautiful?

    Since I started this poem,
    I learned that you have passed.
    But, I loved you.

    No, I love you.

    You are a blue bonnet.
    You were not WERE a blue bonnet.
    You ARE a blue bonnet.

    You will rise again,
    from the esplanades
    between the ugly on ramps of this ugly ugly world,
    so that you may spread the joy
    we all need so badly.

    For you, Kim Fuselier
    are and forever will be
    a blue bonnet.

    Thursday, July 4th, 2024 11:30 PM
    High Sierra Music Festival with Paul Benoit
    Artists at Large
    Quincy , CA

    Friday, July 5th, 2024 1:30 PM
    High Sierra Music Festival with Paul Benoit
    Qunicy Fairegrounds Vaudeville Tent
    Quincy , CA

    Vaudeville Tent
    Saturday 1:30 - 2:45pm

    Full Set with Full Band (different set every day and night!)

    Friday, July 5th, 2024 11:30 PM
    High Sierra Music Festival with Paul Benoit
    The Troubadour Sessions
    Quincy , CA
    With Zach Gil and Lebo in the round.

    Saturday, July 6th, 2024 11:30 PM
    High Sierra Music Festival with Paul Benoit
    Qunicy Fairegrounds Artists At Large
    Quincy , CA
    Time TBA Artists at Large

    Sunday, July 7th, 2024 12:00 PM to 1:00
    High Sierra Music Festival with Paul Benoit
    Vaudeville Stage
    Quincy , CA

    Friday, July 12th, 2024 4:20 PM
    Oregon Country Faire
    Blue Moon Stage
    Venita , OR

    Saturday, July 13th, 2024 4:20 PM
    Oregon Country Faire
    Venita Oregon Country Faire Site
    Venita , OR

    Sunday, July 14th, 2024 4:00 PM
    Oregon Country Faire
    Hoarse Coaral Stage
    Venita , OR

    Sunday, July 14th, 2024 9:00 PM
    Oregon Country Faire
    Library Show
    Venita , OR

    Thursday, July 18th, 2024 9:00 PM
    The Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit Show Returns to Cottage Grove
    The Axe and Fiddle
    657 E Main St
    Cottage Grove , OR 97424
    phone: 541-942-5942

    Saturday, July 20th, 2024 7:00 PM
    House Concert in Portland
    Home of Dean and Abby Boudouris
    DM me for the address. Or email

    Sunday, July 21st, 2024 7:00 PM
    A Fundraiser for KXCR
    The UU Church
    87738 US-101
    Florence , OR 97439

    Friday August 02

    Seattle Egans Ballard Jam House

    Saturday Victoria BC

    House Concert TBA

    Tuesday August 06 House COncert Bellingham WA TBA

    Thursday August 08

    Olympia WA Traditions

    Details TBA

    Wed August 12 Eugene, OR

    Sam Bond's Garage

    Details TBA

    Tuesday August 20

    House Concert

    Ashland OR TBA

    Portland , OR

    Friday, August 16th, 2024 7:00 PM
    Black Sheep Family Reunion
    Venita, OR Camp grounds
    Venita , OR
    Chandler will be MCing the entire event.

    Saturday, August 17th, 2024 7:00 PM
    Black Sheep Family Reunion
    Venita, OR Camp grounds
    Venita , OR
    Chandler will be MCing the entire event.

    Sunday, August 18th, 2024 7:00 PM
    Black Sheep Family Reunion
    Venita, OR Camp grounds
    Venita , OR
    Chandler will be MCing the entire event.


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