“Chair turns and in the double mirror waver
The old man cranks me down and cracks a chuckle”
-- Gary Snyder, “Bubbs Creek Haircut”
4/12/05 First flattop haircut, yet another time
The zen of flattops: what is
The sound of your hair hitting the floor
4/26/05 A conversation with the barber
Jim the customer: A high and tight flattop at my last barber’s meant
the hair was clipped as short as possible on the sides and back up to
the point where the top begins. I’d like to look like that.
Jim the barber: I used to do seven or eight flattops a day. And they
are hard! It seemed that everyone in town had a flattop. I never
thought they’d come back in style. Don’t go tell all your buddies
where you got it.
Jim the customer: I don’t have any buddies.
Staring intently at just one thing
Across the room at eye level
A shelf bracket or a pattern in the wallpaper
Sitting up straight, very still
Both soles flat against the chair’s footrest
Both palms flat on the arms of the chair
Head held high and level
So the haircut might be perfectly flat