© Copyright Dr. Wes Browning
Doctorate of Mathematics 1979
Real Change Write In Candidate for Mayor 1997
Haiku Slam Regional Champion 1997

That enough qualifications for you?
Oh, well.

I have been homeless four times in my life. In 1992, housed but low-income, I started painting at StreetLife Gallery, a "co-op" for homeless & low-income artists. (I hold the dubious distinction of being the only person to have completed three terms as President of StreetLife Gallery, without running away or being driven out.) One day this baby cheeked young guy came into the gallery talking about starting a "street paper" -- a newspaper that would be sold by homeless people, for an income, and would publish stuff by homeless people, and about homeless people. I thought he was an FBI agent, but I showed him some of my art because I figured that if he was an FBI agent, he might be able to afford to buy some. Six months later he published the first issue of the Real Change with one of my pictures on the cover. I decided maybe he wasn't an FBI agent.

The idea was that the editorial decisions for Real Change would be made by homeless and low-income people, and one of my friends, Marion Sue Fischer, was on the Editorial Committee. One day I was sitting on the sidelines during the editorial meeting waiting for her. When someone asked the question, "What do you think we should cover?" I had some ideas, so they said, "Well, then, you should join the committee." And then they didn't learn from that, they asked again, "What do you think this paper needs the most?" and I hadn't learned either, I said, "Humor," and they said, "Well, then, you write it."

So I looked around for something to write humor about, and there were *all* these poets. Seattle's crawling with them. Even the homeless community in Seattle is crawling with them.

Hence, Adventures in Poetry. Of course, a few random things come in besides poetry: Mayors, hamsters, the City Attorney, 40-ouncers, how to be a Homeless Gourmet ... You'll find out.

Art In Balance an Introduction

How I Became Homeless for the First Time

Wes Takes a Break 12 December 2002
Anitra does the column.

Soft Science 28 November 2002
Review of Surviving the Streets by Ace Backwords

A Homeless Cruise 28 November 2002
New York thinks of housing homeles people on cruise ships. But what of shuffleboard?

The Joy of Smite 14 November 2002
What little boy doesn't want to rain death down upon his enemies?

We Bad 31 October 2002
Getting use out of stale dumb stereotypes.

Fear 17 October 2002
War news, about driving cab.

Meaninglessness & CNN 3 October 2002
Do you think somebody out there wants us to worry?

My Seven Year Anniversary 19 September 2002

Historical Stupidity 5 September 2002
I'm stupid about history. Bush & Rumfeld are stupider.

Thoreau Is Comcerned 22 August 2002
He is in some way.

I Am Obsessed with Your Obsession 8 August 2002
What is it?

I Plej a Lejents 25 July 2002
Probable effects of the Supreme Court decision on six year olds

Studies in Stupidity 11 July 2002
Stupid is as... what?

Metaphors for Wes 27 June 2002
When is a newpaper graphic like a Sherman tank?

Out on a Limb 13 June 2002
Wes states his mind

Wes Finds Some Poetry May 30, 2002
Adventures witth the printer's dummy

A Nicely Dimpled Mind May 16, 2002
My Other Mind Is a Rembrandt

Wes and One Big Club May 2, 2002
What club lets Wes in?

Mother and the Book of Job 18 April 2002
How Job could have been written

Throw Them to the Lions! 4 April 2002
Just talking about morning people.

Acts of Violence March 21, 2002
Even the idea of homeless community gets attacked

Wes's Cover-Up Uncovered March 7, 2002
Do you want to know?

King County Made This Column Boring February 21, 2002
In which Anitra doesn't go to jail, blast it.

Wes's Drug Habits February 7, 2002
I'm happy enough for now, thank you very much. Whee!

Lessons in Existential Angst, Coming Up January 24, 2002
Much preferable to being-bombed angst or starvation angst.

All About Angst January 10, 2002
The advantages of being a socket tool kit in today's world.

Contemplating Consequences December 13, 2001
"What if I try this here military tribunal?"

Hebdomadally Speaking November 15, 2001

Title November 1, 2001

Anitra Does Time October 18, 2001

Aftermath October 4, 2001

The Power of Cheese September 20, 2001
Let us now praise government commodities

Adventures with Flying Monkeys September 6, 2001
Election Time in the Emerald City

We Need a Rosa Parks August 23, 2001

NASNA Conference 2001 August 9, 2001

Old Fart July 26, 2001

Chronic Theory July 12, 2001

Noise June 28, 2001

Reason v.s. Common Sense June 14, 2001

Alternative Housing May 17, 2001

Walt Whitman and Sales May 3, 2001

Emily Dickinson & Symbols April 19, 2001

Putter April 5, 2001

Sports in Seattle March 8, 2001

What's in a Name? February 22, 2001
Brand What?

A Moment of Enlightenment February 8, 2001
Contemplating the "faith based initiative"

The Last Demonstration Zone January 25, 2001
Bye-bye, Free Speech. Write when you find housing.

The Ballad of the Palm Beach Election Board December 1, 2000

Modest Proposals September 1, 2000
Suggestions for how to deal with "the homeless problem" in line with official Seattle thinking

A Real Laff Riot December 15, 1999
WTO Is Comedy Overload

The Coming Apocalypse December 1, 1999
Wes Prophecies for WTO

Ruled by Gravity July 15, 1999

Flawed Brilliance June 15, 1999

Out of Order June 1, 1999

Dead Men Walking May 15, 1999

Rocky Mountain High May 1, 1999

Word Salad Apr 15, 1999

On the Med Train April 1, 1999

Pooky's Alien Nation March 1, 1999

Pissin' in the Wind February 15, 1999

Atomic Duck Quacks Down February 1, 1999

`Cuz I Said So! January 15, 1999
In which Wes explores authoritarianism in poetics and other matters

Torquemada Sunrise January 1, 1999


Rage Against the Real December 1998

Tetrameterissimo November 1998
Mayor Schell's Birthday party!
(also see Anitra's account)
My Summer Vacation September 1998
Better Inbred Than Dead August 1998
In Defense of Idiocy July 1998
Bus Burdened Eastside Earl June 1998
Analogy-ku May 1998
The One That Got Away April 1998
Kid, You're Hooked March 1998
Opus One, Ready or Not February 1998
Writers Writing Wrongly January 1998


SPD Blues December 1997
This Butt's For You November 1997
In which Wes campaigns for Mayor


Earlier columns are at Wes's Home Site
Wes's columns are all previously printed in Real Change

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