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Point Spread Poems

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Language: English
Wordcount: 9,955 / 42 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 244
Added to site: 2010.03.03
mnybks.net#: 26848
Origin: gutenberg.org
License: ©
Genres: Poetry, Post-1930
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Peccadillo as provocation.

WILD CARD

Clayton brothers at the corral,
its Earp City today
tumbleweed junction for numerous lives,
not to mention lies
swift-draw artists
encased in a memory of stone
boots up ...
with all the forlorn grace of
being pushed in front
of a train.

1920's FLICKER

John Dillinger and Baby-Faced Nelson
in a dream together
--one shooting holes thru
theories of his untimely death,
the other frying in an old-time
(e) Electric Chair
with balloons waving, bonbons
going off, the crowd in a joyous,
boisterous mood.

The marquee reads:
"Public Enemy Number One
laid to rest in a
shallow grave as
gravelly as the heart
that beat in his stoney chest."

An adjacent sign noted,
crime does pay the undertaker
but other, good-hearted folks
need look no further than
the Dempsey-Tunney fight
to see which has the
bigger box office draw.

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