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The Devil in Converse

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In se'enties style serenading strut A passin all the pretty birds in kin', The feathered Stetson ‘clipsin crimson suit, A whistlin Dixie blues ‘cross county-lines.

The News

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I am often late with my payment, mail a crumpled bill now and then in the envelope I tend to discover somewhere on the floor. Forget to write my address. Confusion results. Weeks go by. Papers fail to appear. Papers pile up outside…

Woman eating ice-cream

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In a corner of the ice-cream parlor she sits in self-conscious consumption


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When word of my father’s

Man On A Balcony In His Bathrobe

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Watering his pansies in their pots with his ridiculous watering can. Sticking his finger in the soil to test the dampness. Obviously nothing on beneath the silk robe. It’s almost fallen loose a dozen times Balding. Maybe in his late forties. S

Man Running From A Bar

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A man alone in his paid-for living room, with his hands folded behind his head A man running from a bar, a bald man seen from behind Someone who made a wide circle to avoid your laughter A man undressing at the side of the road saying: “How you

My life on the Strassenbahn - Vienna

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Its children still orbit for lack of direction because Schnitzel don't pose questions and the fugitive philosophers haven't returned to ask more


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The line of the unemployed wrapped back on itself like an accordion pleat and extended all the way across a great hall You could see the faces of them, bluish and drawn under the dim florescent lighting First in line were laid-off be

Miss Winter Solstice

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The palm trees bent upon her passing stride From fishnet stockings running up her hide;

The Statue of a Writer

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As I sat down finally, finally to write, some brooding heretical hour of the night, with my ballpoint in hand, poised to blot page, Time gathered momentum, although I did not age...

My Shasta Daisy

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I lay on grass warmed by the sun Somehow the breeze finds Its way between my toes I gaze at your beauty Standing alone in between Blades of green grass Is Shasta My Daisy I watch you dance As the wind teases and blows I watch you stand tall …

Puppet X: 1

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I know you, ladies and gentlemen We see the near future through you Your factual face as you sit indoors Youthless In your ordinary chair "Mice run through their vision Mice run through the plot Oh la, la, and memory is

Loss of Faith

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Somewhere in the night of my mind...

Puppet X: 2

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It's important to sound human, I know To get fragile near your mother I myself get glimpses now and then Once, eating chicken, staring at the inside of a muscle Once during a bad thunderstorm while running down th

Passing from the Light I Glimpse

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Passing from the light I glimpse my daughter in the midnight kitchen glow dipping ice-cream for herself alone—the bending hand smooth above surface perfection holds room but no need for a dark father's thoughts on one so sharp she must cut the world…