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In My Hometown


by Bill Yarrow


in my hometown pinhead Joe
plays mumbly-peg
alone with a sharpened spoon

in my hometown manila
is the flavor and cul de sac
is the address

in my hometown the Catholic girls
know all the words
to “Louie, Louie”

in my hometown the post office
serves Doritos
and lime beer

in my hometown yellow
Ford Falcons
people Old York Road

in my hometown all the crosses
on the mountain
are upside down

in my hometown the Thalidomide baby
just turned
sweet sixteen
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