From KOSTI'S RAMON IV for periodicals
A bicyclist can deck a pedestrian before the latter knows what hit him.
All professional athletes represent the survivors of many aspirations; likewise, all professional writers.
A spiral staircase is a cockeyed elevator.
Tough must be the woman who dresses to kill.
Solid roofs protect hearth’s secrets.
As individual tax rates approach 100%, we’ll all be equally poor, which is, of course, the aim of communism.
Certain institutions are able to manufacture money that no one sees.
When do fish sleep?
Cars are motorized oversized dachshunds.
Tents no less than more solid buildings stay erect until they fall.
Nothing is more natural to a rooster than fighting another rooster.
Water cleans everything dirty except dirty water.
Just as spring has followed winter and summer would follow spring, so autumn will follow summer, illustrating the dictum that Nature is 100% Reliable.
Death denudes life.
Man both begins and ends as a beggar asking relatives to put money in his piggy bank.
Elevators are floors ascending.
Clowns are God’s most generous comics.
Taxis move faster than buses until they get stuck in traffic.
So successfully different was the crook’s new identity that not even his dog recognized him.
Some religious devoutly praying remind me of rabbits eating grass.
Umlauts staple favored letters to a page.
Cheek-kissing epitomizes dead-end affection, usually promising nothing more than more cheek-kissing.
Accents aigu (acute) are left-handed salutes; those grave, right-handed.
Gallery exhibitions should display what ought to be seen but would otherwise be hidden.
Fresh air is free, if rare.
Be careful not to have thoughts that are devastatingly comic, as the brain is only lightly pasted together.
Farts represent shit trying to get out.
All vacuums get filled.
Dust on a bookshelf measures years ignored.
Rain cleans until it floods.
Some powders take longer to take than other powders.
Parks can be improved by humans to a degree that oceans cannot.
Sleep inspires more than eating or exercise do.
In dreams I can retrieve a younger self.
The strongest books fly, often invisibly, from one reader to another.
Airplanes are lock-jointed birds.
The only person known to me to sleep in a bed with cats is Mrs. Katz.
Masturbation is a pleasurable deception.
All human wisdom compressed onto the head a pin would necessarily be devoid of bullshit.
Few manicurists do doornails.
When money disappears, we’ll all be equally rich.
Beside every surviving genius is a sub-genius advising him how to pay his bills.
A gun hot is scarcely distinguishable from a car tire committing suicide.
Large-handled steins go better with beer than water.
Whatever “shit” appears in print cannot be taken back.
Dildos promise fantasy fucks.
Refuse anyone else’s refuse.
Insurance isn’t necessary until you need it.
Shine whatever shoes your boss isn’t wearing.
A long sharp knife could bring the complex human machine to a permanent halt.
Myths rule where laws fail.
Self-confidence is indisputable.
Very beautiful women are better ogled than known, which is to say better flattered than fucked.
An amulet worn too often can prompt extravagant speculations.
Heat decimates ice without any opposition.
Avoid rooms that sardines would find spacious.
Cartography speaks in a parallel language, universally understood, of latitudes and longitudes.
In hysterical disputes silence can be more effective than words or fists.
Inspired would be a book necessarily read upside down.
Contented must have been the man who died without possessions.
In champagne bottles must be vials of explosives.
Nearly all young women posing totally naked look as fit and high-bosomed as other young women voluntarily wholly nude.
“Bullshit” doesn’t necessarily come from male cows.
Covens convene conveniently.
Professional résumés weave seductive fictions.
The best reason for faking your death is discovering what happens after everyone thinks you’ve gone.
Man who flies upside down has crack up.
Thunder represents trucks crashing in heaven.
Chickens gathered together establish a pecking order without human intervention.
Slow intercourse makes love last longer and slower intercourse much longer.
The stories he told went on and on and on and on….
Anyone seduced by a potential lover’s eyes is likely to be disappointed.
Cauliflowers are miniature snow-capped mountains.
These sentences have more play than most “plays.”
Beauty’s a bitch.
Books kept on a shelf, not discarded, grow wiser with age.
Objects gossip about us when our backs are turned.
Any sentence of mine any reader is welcome to make his own.
Don’t dispute shadows’ shadows.
Whoever was authorized to collect my money didn’t.
On the first page of a new book he found a word he did not know before.
Disregard police who don’t knock at your door.
Artichoke hearts ache.
A stitch in time saves nine, ten, and sometimes eleven.
Why do all male politicians seem to patronize the same haberdasher?
Crimes occurring only inside one’s head can’t be prosecuted.
She stole his best ideas to call them her own--even the idea of appropriating his best ideas to be her own.
Let here be fresh ketchup.
Staying asleep is more problematic than falling asleep.
In dreams are found forgotten truths.
Bribes are loaded pistols prone to backfire.
An inventive chef prepares edible paper.
Slam door silently.
They called her home Heathens’ Hearth.
Surrounded by one-way mirrors he could not see who was seeing him while looking only at himself.
In literature the sky’s no limit.
Disregard critics who don’t knock down your door.
Bare bears bear.
A quart in time saves nine.
Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz’s work in several fields appear in various editions of Readers Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists,Postmodern Fiction, Webster's Dictionary of American Writers, The HarperCollins Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of American Scholars, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Art, NNDB.com, Wikipedia.com, and Britannica.com, among other distinguished directories. Otherwise, he survives in New York, where he was born, unemployed and thus overworked.