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Ze Nazi Clothing Store Around Ze Corner

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We call this place "The Nazi Clothing Store" because: You VILL NOT use cell phones! You VILL NOT buy zings off za mannequin till Tuesday (an even zen vee shall see...YA?). You VILL ask to be rung up at the time of purchase after standing at

Flint and His Girls

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I heard the little young dark-haired girl The one who came looking for Flint the first night He moved in – I heard her crying muffled sobs Down in the parking lot behind our place And Flint was trying to comfort her But she was really letting it

Poetry Reading at Cody’s Bookstore in Berkeley

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Man in audience immolating himself, cutting his leg over and over And moaning: Oh, God, oh God. Groaning, more like it I could only think: This guy must absolutely hate my poems I was reading from Puppet X, the first time in public Of this long

In a Perfect World

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Old Bukowski is sitting at the left hand of God You can’t tell who’s on the right side But every one of the angels are hushed Until God and Bukowski finish their hand of poker Beer bottles are strewn about everywhere Though there’s no drinking

Here Lies Hope

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No last name On the broken tombstone Here lies Hope Nope, nope Nope Hope Has no Last name

Naps Like God

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I took a nap And woke up and finished The sky Now I’ve grown lazy, like God And let the politicians slide by

Think About the Baby, Paul

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Paul and Mary Jo lived in an apartment at the top of a long, dark flight of stairs that were so high, I remember as if it were yesterday thinking, the night she pushed him down the stairs, he would surely be dead by the time he hit the landing at the

I Still Miss the Sun

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I know I’m in the sky all night And can lie back and sometimes have some fun But these stars around me aren’t everything in life I still miss the sun After your first lover threw you back Into the frozen ocean of life You never came back

The End of Civilization as We Know It

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The End of Civilization as We Know It Question is, how many carpets did you see flying in close formation? Question is, which hand would you use If you were asked to choke yourself for the sake of civilization? The real question is, if you could

Herd

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Had heard was the word of the week

The Great Pandemic Poem 2020

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First you had to have been there Because the air cleared up When the world stopped driving And the plants bloomed Bigger and brighter than we had ever Ever dreamed The sky was just a brilliant, pure Blue Like when God was born Now fo