Conspiracy Theorists and Loonies: Two Hundred Years Ago

(Don’t even listen to those nut cases ~ just go on thinking the same way y’always have, a-kay?)

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Recorded Reading: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fom9qt72jncydr9/conspiracy%20theorists.mp3?dl=0

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Conspiracy Theorists and Loonies: Two Hundred Years Ago

You will fly
Across the oceans

Automobiles will go one hundred
Miles an hour

You will murmur in China
And be heard in Japan

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Listening Device in the Van

(“Tweet!” Thump. “Caw!” “Honk, honk!” Bwaaaaaaaaaa… Bwaaaaaaaa… Bwaaaaaaaaa)

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Listening Device in the Van

When driven to weep
Even quietly
Your tormenters come right away
To make fun

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Among us, poets are ill paid. In order to continue her work, this one currently lives in her minivan, on an income of a fraction of our nation’s poverty level. If her work has moved, enabled or uplifted you, your contribution to this effort may be made at: https://www.gofundme.com/kx4xka-are-you-a-patron-of-the-arts

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What More?

(It’s always been true that you can’t please them all ~ but, any more, you can’t even please the ones you please)

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Recorded Reading: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d6h5rgd1o4vu08x/what%20more.mp3?dl=0

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What More?

How is it that a woman shaves her head,
Forgets to apply skin cream before bed,
And dressed in so much winter clothing goes
Her body contours no observer knows,
Whom, anyway, in every way appears
As having, every one, her sixty years,

Cannot for any purposes be bought
In heart, in speech, in body, or in thought
Giving no quarter femininity
As it’s considered traditionally —
Far too enthusiastic and alert
To play successfully the languid flirt

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There Are Advantages to Being Hacked

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As soon as the poet published tonight’s earlier post, “Incredibly. Unbelievably. Amazingly.” the volume of the nightly Cyprus Street trash-trombone serenade reduced itself once again to a less perpetually intrusive level.

Just until he thinks he’s made sure no one’s really listening.

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The Poet Bird

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Recorded Reading: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qsv6b47fzmp877s/the%20poet%20bird.mp3?dl=0

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The Poet Bird

Yes, they took that songbird
Shivering defenseless thing
And tucked a sharpened thorn
Bound up beneath its tender wing
And then they starved and beat it
To see if it would bring
A somewhat sweeter tone
When it began in pain to sing

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Today is a Good Day to Die

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Recorded Reading: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fyjum2d6x6lopv9/today%20is%20a%20good%20day%20to%20die.mp3?dl=0

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Today is a Good Day to Die

In the Lakota Nation
Danger’s never far away
No matter what apologists
For modern ways might say

There yet exist a multitude
Of natural enemies
The kind that feels most happy
When it others’ mis’ry sees

And when it hovers, threatening
These warriors will say
“Today is a good day to die”
Translates to “Hoka hey!”

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