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  Jul. 10th, 2009 09:55 pm
These are several spoken-word poems that I have been working on recently.  Comments are appreciated; the last one, especially, has been giving me a lot of trouble.


Retrospection

When I saw the pictures, later,
it looked like we were pretty giddy

( I mean, a red-in-the-face,
arm-linking, hand-holding,
footsie-playing, warm-all-over
kind of giddy )

and I'm pretty sure I was stoned --
I mean, I look kind of stoned --

but it could have been the giddiness

I'm afraid to ask,
so I wouldn't know

~~~

A Passive Revolutionary

I really don't get
why you mix adult jargon
with childhood catchphrases --

"Peter Pan politics"
and shit like that

Isn't English enough?

Maybe it's because of the freckles on your lips

They probably twist your sentences like DNA,
causing cross-overs and mutations,
catapulting our humble language
into a whole new state of being

Evolution's gotta start somewhere

And if that place is your lips,
smirking at me when I awake,
so be it

~~~

[Untitled]

You say that I can't commit --
that I have trust issues
and daddy issues
and intimacy issues

I gotta work that shit out of my system,
you say

And maybe you're right --
that I'm damaged goods
like a spooked horse,
and none too forgiving

But to say I don't love you?

Yeah, I'm crass and kind of rude,
but I'm damn graceful with a pen.
I'm a poet, and

I --

I want to write about you.

Isn't that love enough?

~~~

Meanwhile, at MOMA

In that moment before fainting,
the world looks kind of like this

~~~

[Untitled]

You make me feel as if I'm
reading The Bell Jar
alone, on a beach,
my skin this close
to burning under the noontime
sun --
but I'm too enraptured
to move
under the shade, so I promise
myself just five minutes
more --
but ten pass, then
twenty, and
Esther has stepped into
the room, and it's
beautiful --

but then I turn the page
and see nothing,
and squeeze shut my burned eyelids
and sigh.
.

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