Susan Storm's Ugly Sister and Other Saints and Superheroes

by Rachel Taylor Brown

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1.
dismissed with a glance, again i find i can go undercover i can slip your mind you're dead to rights while you slurp your tea i could kill you and you won't notice me (shouldn't do that) i could kill you and you won't notice me i could kill you, you won't notice me i could kill you
2.
class, insecta; kingdom, animalia phylum, arthropoda; family, reduviidae my brother precedes me, my brother, the disgrace no cockroach or bedbug--he chose the human race and not the average mortal, no! idiot, he went higher stupid bug, stupid bug, stupid phymata suborder heteroptera, you can blind a thing cousin melanolestes, we are poison, we are king we can kill a man but we're nothing against steel stupid brother, stupid bug! bloody imbecile
3.
in the interests of humanity, i bring you fond regards with Infinity, Oblivion and Death and all-- Eternity, of course; we're a force to reckon with i'm tired and i'm hungry, and though i promised not to feed it's such an eon's time ago since i last spoke to reed but there's something else that may spare you i have no children of my own i'm getting old and i'm alone a world doesn't taste so good to me i have an interest in a son who won't belong to anyone but me nothing special--just a boy i can teach to read and laugh for joy a companion for my travels an attendant when the worlds unravel i'll feed him with a silver spoon a bite at first, a bit of moon a piece of rusted little continent i'll watch to see he slowly chews and never wastes what he can use my only boy! what we'll destroy
4.
daddy got around daddy got around to me daddy's underground daddy's underground with all his leather and his gear daddy's got a super-secret awful souvenir daddy doesn't know it but i'm sitting over here daddy's got a friend daddy's got a friend, i'd love to tear him end to end daddy'd never miss him 'cause i'd make believe pretend daddy doesn't know me but i'd make a better friend daddy met a girl daddy didn't know her but he fucked her even still daddy made a baby from a twenty dollar bill daddy's little baby want a twenty dollar bill daddy got around daddy got around to me daddy
5.
03:04
on the fifth of july zoe of rome was hung from a tree by her hair pulled from her prayer to her feet at the tomb of st. peter zoe of rome was hung by her hair and all the people we knew all the people she knew were there to watch zoe of rome swing from a tree by her beautiful hair (she was too proud of her hair!) on the fifth of july zoe of rome was hung then they lit a fire (there she goes!)
6.
teresa benedicta, also edith stein traded manischewitz for the bloody wine took the veil, took the cross, died on august 9 in an oven in auschwitz a student and a teacher, a true believer a doctor of philosophy and an avid reader she went to jesus and he received her in bad bergzabern in 1922 edith stein the catholic was caught in habit trapped in holland with her sister on the sabbath neither one observing, rather telling beads rose and edith, plucked like weeds "what did we do? we are christian, like you!" "once a jew, always a jew. you know, jesus was , too: and look what happened to him." have mercy on us have mercy on us have mercy on us, on us
7.
02:28
oh fina, when you first got sick did you ever think what you'd do with it? let the other girls skip and play and flirt with boys, give it away! you work yourself broken and paralyzed you heap coals, burning, on their damnable eyes for god is pain and woe and dirt and jesus loves you when you hurt like he does (through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault!) o fina, on your wooden board st. fina loves to serve the lord the rats that come and cover you, st. fina make you resolute the tiny nips, the bits of blood oh, let us thank him for our food! as jesus suffered, so will i a wretched thing until i die oh jesus! jesus! jesus! jesus! jesus! jesus! LOOK AT ME! appreciate my misery! and leave me violets.
8.
a soldier had a vision the lord gave him a mission: "repair my house and all you see, giovanni bernardone" i'm sad to grieve you, mother. i hate to leave you, father. but, poverty, humility, were never bernardone. they saved a seat in heaven for francis and his brethren. god give you peace, the world is sweet! the birds sing alleluia.

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half are stories about the unsuper, less-gifted siblings and family of superheroes and their sometimes bitter struggles, and half are stories about saints.

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released June 1, 2009

all songs, words and music, by rachel taylor brown. recorded with jeff stuart saltzman who also mixed and was, as usual, indispensible. most stuff played and all sung by rachel, with some stuff played (via coercion) by jeff. additional players as noted in songs. mastered by tony lash. graphics by katie taylor.

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Rachel Taylor Brown Portland, Oregon

Rachel was born in Portland and lives nearby with her beloved husband Jay. She makes disturbing yet ultimately sensible songs you can sometimes dance to.

She sees loads of ugly and beauty in the world. Trying to capture that sweet and sour thing in a song is what she’s mostly trying to do.

She records with audio midwife and dear friend Jeff Stuart Saltzman and his cats.

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