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a poem of gray clouds on a fucked evening

                             --after li po


the red faces of traffic on 75th street

and kids shouting invective in the park


…in both, there is no lack of bullshit

and violence


as the gray clouds follow me

to the liquor store

on another fucked evening


where dignity and my liver

are the cost of making it work


here in bootstrap america.