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The century's history was but a gang fight, a clash of mafiosi egos. Who the capos were and what they stood for is a mystery that everyone would like to solve. Who did it? is a question asked often in this book. The "who" and "it" change, but the belief that there was a crime and that someone or something did it to us are unchanging. The capos, or those capo forces that Marxists and Neomarxists tagged and tag, are the object of many a poetic volley. " Even amnesia comes in for a whacking, the result of overstimulation and excess: Paul Auster regrets losing the details of his life through an American life-riddled brain.
5408DC20 96-2033 CIP 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES Page v Note & Acknowledgment Most of the work herein was written in response to the title of this book. These are original poems, published here by permission of and copyrighted by their authors. A few poets felt that some of their earlier poems addressed the subject adequately: they are reprinted here by permission of the authors. The places where these poems first appeared are acknowledged below their poems. We are deeply grateful to the more than one hundred poets who heeded our melancholy yet hopeful call.
Offered blue flames to a smiling virgin. Bought gooseberries in a Paiute smoke shop. Pressed Johnny Jump Ups into new notebook. Decorated stone with ribbons for meditative shadow flutter. Raised kitchen window to sound of silence between bird calls. Read about swallowtails and genebanks. Discovered it's not just the tip, but the whole fingernail that grows. Bathed in hot springs with a highway patrol officer. Polished shoes for potential marriage feast. Scrubbed candle holders with s o s. Made thermos of tea instead of coffee.