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The Tompkins Square Poems VI

December 15, 2014

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6. Laundry

Whatís the calm response to my clothes still cool & damp?

= Put in another quarter

Itís not a nickelodeon. Itís not for pleasure. Itís not an El Camino. Itís not LSD.

And hereís the lady who yelled at me.

= Ignore her. Itíll be over in 8 minutes.

Thatís what he said.

Tonight Iíll sleep. Things are blurry. Itís not a gospel plow, itís not even a little knife.

The Tompkins Square Poems V

November 10, 2014

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5. I Canít Have Enough

the invisible elm
thatís impossible
to miss

a tall man & a short man
a woman in a gold dress & church hat
dogs Ė hipster glasses Ė dogs Ė

skinny well-dressed young folk Ė dogs

Danteís Inferno & I miss Eileen Ė
wherever she is

thatís the center

might be roses, woodpeckers, pedophiles
whatís for dinner, billy boy?

The Tompkins Square Poems IV

November 3, 2014

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4. I Canít Have Thoughts

I can only try to keep my loved ones alive
& sit outside on a summer bench
& be amazed at knowing so many people
with darkling eyes

The plane that didnít crash & the one that did.

The Tompkins Square Poems III

October 30, 2014

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3. The Girl Who Wouldnít Say

Is that where youíre from?

Curt wave:
Iím here now.

Where do you live?

Here, hereís my stuff.

I gave away 50 kilos of beautiful dresses & a bicycle

The Tompkins Square Poems II

October 28, 2014

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2. Running into Elroy

when I stopped to say hi to Marvin
& Elroy with bike tricked out for Fatherís Day
walked me a block
where we ran into Jack
who recognized Elroy from the neighborhood
but mostly wanted to ask about Maggie
& I took pictures of
Elroy smiling & Elroy soulful
& sat on a bench & read

The Tompkins Square Poems II

October 27, 2014

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Early autumn in TSP
1. Where We Are Now


here every day
where we are now

with Chaucer

falling
a little
asleepó

all couples are interracial

tree of pink
girls in short frocks