By Max Cafard

Emily Delorge, Artist
Blair Mulvihill, Artist
Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer

Psychic Swamp Books
2008

PSYCHIC SWAMP BOOKS

Published on the Island of New Orleans
by Psychic Swamp Books
An imprint of Surregionalist Editions
contact: surregionalist@bellsouth.net

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Dedicated to:

Calypso Paul

&

The Memory of
New Orleans Helen

Don't try to find it on the map
Ain't no street corner anything like that

You find it in the City of Dreams
It means somewhere in Noo Awleens

That is where I went insane
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

That is where I felt the pain
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

We was left out in the rain
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Saw alligators and a crane
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

My street turned into Pontchartrain
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Flooded out, just check the stain
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Whutchmacallit shot whatzisname
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Took all the Rite Aid's Novocaine
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Noo Awlins is
Our native land

Noo Awlins
Where it all began

We need our city
Have some pity

Let us have it
Special Man!

NOPD and Guardsmen came
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Got picked up, but I was framed
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Entergy turned off the flame
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Ice box is fulla stuff decayin
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Got a busted water main
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

My roof's a strainer when it rains
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Insurance done true out my claim
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

FEMA's givin me migraines
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Noo Awlins is
Our native land

Noo Awlins
Where it all began

We need our city
Have some pity

Let us have it
Special Man!

All a them was hopin and prayin
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Axed for help it was in vain
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

What they done to us, it was a shame
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

They screwed up, but we are payin
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Bush flew over in his plane
Looked Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Almost missed his golfin game
To glance at St. Claude and Dumaine

Politicians excuses, very lame
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

What we lose, the developers gain
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Noo Awlins is
Our native land

Noo Awlins
Where it all began

We need our city
Have some pity

Let us have it
Special Man!

I got troubles on my brain
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

City's goin down the drain
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

It all went wrong, we're not to blame
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

This stuff is goin against my grain
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Got lotsa reasons to complain
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

But screw it all, we will remain
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Ax me again I'll say the same
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Ma mama 'nem, they all are stayin
Down on St. Claude and Dumaine

Noo Awlins is
Our native land

Noo Awlins
Where it all began

We need our city
Have some pity

Let us have it
Special Man!

Glossary

Entergy: The local power company.

Ma mama 'nem-. Ones mother and those normally associated with ones
mother. As in "Ma mama n'em aw havin' a big crawfish berl tamorrah."

NOPD: The New Orleans Police Department.

Pontchartrain: The Island of New Orleans is bordered on the north by

Lake Pontchartrain.

Special Man: A character in the famous Frankie and Johnnie's
Furniture Store commercials. It begins with Frankie
(The Prophet I-Sayer)

doing his "I say, I say" routine. Various customers are then depicted as
lamenting the fact that their unemployment, heavy debts, or bad credit may
prevent them from buying furniture. Johnny advises them to "See the
Special Man!" The Special Man is then shown handing down his
inevitable judgment: "Let her have it!" or "Let him have it!"

St. Claude and Dumaine: An intersection made famous in
Professor Longhair's Mardi Gras song. There is no such intersection.

Yats: Denizens of certain New Orleans neighborhoods, noted for
their propensity to inquire into the physical or metaphysical state of others
by posing the question "weah yat?" (in which "weah" rhymes with "yeah").

Also referred to as "Gawd's people.

The author and contributors:

Max Cafard, a lifelong inhabitant of the Island of New Orleans, is a
surre(gion)alist writer and pre-ancientist philosopher. He is the author of
The Surre(gion)alist Manifesto and Other Writings (Exquisite Corpse, 2004)
and many other works. His writings have appeared in
Exquisite Corpse,
Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed,
The Fifth Estate,
and other questionable publications.

Nancy Sharon Collins has been a veteran design practitioner for over
thirty years, including twenty-seven years in her own firm in NYC. She has
lived and worked in south Louisiana since 2004. In 1995 she began
moonlighting as a bespoke hand engraved stationer, which is now her
primary occupation; she also teaches graphic design and typography.

In 2008, History in Small Places, her solo exhibition of large format archival
pigment prints, travels from Manhattan to Buffalo, then to the
Hill Memorial Library in Baton Rouge.

Emily Delorge, a conceptual artist and designer, is a south Louisiana native
and daughter of the master engraver, Ed DeLorge. She studied Chinese
painting under Prof. Wan Ding at the Xian Institute of Art in China.
Currently, she is studying graphic design and painting at
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

Blair Mulvihill, an art and design advocate, is a Louisiana native, born and

raised in the heart of Baton Rouge. She is currently attending
Louisiana State University, and will be receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree in May of 2009. She is a freelance artist.

Thanks to:

Duh Ole Ate Wawd
Arown Saint Roch Pawk
Hawt uh da Wawd
Craydul uh Yatitude

En All Yall

This book was set in Sabon Roman and Italic, 10 point.
The book cover and title page were set in Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk,
Extra Bold Condensed, 182.829 point and
Medium Condensed Italic, 14 point.

Psychic Swamp Books
2008