L.B. Sedlacek

Edison’s Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze

In 1894

Fred Orr

sneezed

a sudden

violent

spasmodic

audible

expiration

of breath

and using

a sheet of

cellulose

acetate,

cellulose

nitrate

coated with

light-sensitive

emulsion

Edison

made a

film

of Fred.

Ah

Choo!

Creative Restraints, Subsequent Conflicts

There was much progress in the 1800’s.

Joseph Francis patented the life car,

a covered boat that could hold up to

four people.  Three minutes of air.

Made of corrugated sheet- iron.

Ehrich Weiss aka Harry Houdini

offered a reward to anyone

who could successfully

restrain him.

Martha Coston discovered the idea of

signal flares from her husband’s notes.

She combined his idea with fireworks

making bright flares in green, red & white.

Joseph Francis’ covered boat

led the way to life boats.

Ehrich Weiss was never restrained

dying from blows to his  abdomen & peritonitis.

Martha Coston sold her husband’s invention to

the Navy – first used in the Civil War.

There was much progress in the 1800’s.

Between the ruined speeches,

the delicate laughs, all the dead seeds

grew silent under gleaming hands.

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L.B. Sedlacek’s poetry has appeared in publications such as Third Wednesday, Mastodon Dentist, Main Street Rag, Tertulia Magazine, Ginosko, Manorborn, Assisi Journal, Niederngasse, Fickle Muses, Sea Stories, and others.  L.B.’s latest chapbook is Twisting.

 

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