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April 2nd: The Mouse Before Mickey


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The Mouse Before Mickey

'A psychotic is a guy who's just found out what's going on.' -- Bill Burroughs


-- Our best scientists, she said

echoing over the vast-vast, 

of course, as we know she’s dead now,

the echo’s range has doubled, the vast has been squared.


-- Our best, needs an anchor, a hook, something to hold to,

hold to, hold. For some, like her, the vast-vast is too, too much.

Today, I grabbed, was grabbed, out of the infinite horizon,

a finite land appears, by these words, “Mice with Hallucination 

like behaviors.” Of course, it goes without, with outsaying,

-- Our best scientists,


Insaying,-- Those who use the method best,

our best scientists like to torment mice, the Method must

demand it. Demand, de-manned, not unmanned,

only man, can be so crew L L.


Wait where were we? The World horizon is immediately vast?

Right, right: My first stuffed animal was a mouse, called

Pelite, an immigrant name for genus Mus,

according to our best, best? Right, right “reveal insight into, 

into psychotic illness” But later, how it happened back-then


when we were raised by scientists, our emotions were 

manufactured by Disney, or so it seemed, for example

from the article: “a rigorous approach to study how hallucinations,”

see only our best can be rigorous, “published April 2 in the journal 

Science,” and serious, like not crying when my grandmother died


and then I saw ‘Bambi’ and I wept like a child, I was only 6

after all, I didn’t understand the vast-vast, needed someone,

someone, like our best, best to narrow it, bring it in narrowly.

to “objectively measure.” “This innovative approach allowed”


the best of the best, or as I said it then -- The bestest, 

“to study the neural circuits underlying hallucinations”

to cut up the vast-vast into offal and prime cuts, to vivisection

“mental symptoms to the kind of scientific studies 

that have been so fruitful for diseases 


of other parts of the body,” To be fair, I should declare,

-- A conflict of interest, I incorporate and embody the body

in the vast-vast. Our best disagree with me, stating unequivocally,

“It’s so easy to accept the argument that psychosis 

is a fundamentally human thing and say, 

‘Forget about mice’.” I wish I could,


the laughter Pelite and I spoke, in the back, back

also known in the parlance of the time as the Wayback,

sonically ex-expanding, singing places to be

in the vast-vast way-wayback, never believing,


while knowing it was absolutely true what Pelite said,

it hadn’t been explained by the bestest sciency scientists,

“Expecting to hear a certain word 

makes it more likely that people,”


We must assume the ratty

worn grey/black mouse who whispered -- Vast-vast

in turn, waited expectantly for me to reply 

“report that they have heard it,” 


-- Our best...


“even when it wasn’t spoken.”




Mice with hallucination-like behaviors reveal insight into psychotic illness Study in mice and people offers new approach to investigating mental illnesses



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Juris,  I found this piece really interesting.  I don't pretend to understand all of it, par for the course from me.  But you inspire me. 

OK, I know 2 days late posting but, I am just licking at the ice in an attempt at survival.  Here is a makeup poem for April 2

Manic Mice

Who knew
squeaky Mickey 
can see things that aren't there.
How the heck does a genius nerd know that?

Human behavior
has long been a mystery to me.
I wonder about those who study us
by watching a rat 
in a maze. 
I kind of feel like Minnie right now.
How do I get out of here?
                         ~~Judi Van Gorder


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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See, right there, a great response piece. Lovely, lovely. And with many of my pieces, they're over my head;-) Just riding along seeing how they make me feel.



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