Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise (Okay, so sometimes weeks are longer than other times). Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires an idea, please use the comment feature to tell us something about it. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—The Dilation Exercises.
Since the split hadn’t left me with sufficient motor nerves to help out, and the sideshow didn’t want us back until we had a new act, my half brother, -Ert, had to take a job in the dirty room at the local meat mansion.
It seemed a deadend, and I was depressed, but the evening after his first day, beaming, he burst into the trailer and said, “With the appliances that come with the job, there’s nothing we could not do with a giant squid, some electrical tape, and a box of doughnut holes.”
Artwork: “Right Where it Used to Be” copyright © 1994 Alan M. Clark. Interior illustration for The Pain Doctors of Suture Self General by the Bovine Smoke Society (Alan M. Clark, Randy Fox, Jim Goad, Peteso, Thalia Ragsdale, Stephen C. Merritt, Cynthia Grissette Merritt, and Beth Gwinn) – Arts Nova Press. Also appeared as an interior (appears in black & white) in Pain and Other Petty Plots to Keep You in Stitches by Alan M. Clark, Randy Fox, Troy Guinn, Mark Edwards and Jeremy Robert Johnson (introduction by F. Paul Wilson) – IFD Publishing.
Captions are original to this post and have nothing to do with the literary project with which the artwork first appeared.
—Alan M. Clark