Fire Trump. Burn ICE.

 

Unlikely Stories mourns Lyn Lifshin.

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Late Beat poets are still among us, but the generation who held fire most akin to The Beats was Punk. For efficient evidence, consider the Nobel for Lit anointing Bob Dylan, and how it was Patti Smith who took the stage—she of well-documented punk cred.

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The Hoedads were real hippies. They weren’t television and movie hippies—all flowers and headbands and incense—but actual funky, fiercely independent and often downright ornery Freaks, who were also idealistic and compassionate almost to a fault.

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And what difference does it make if a man gets drunk and takes his pet goat for a walk anyway? This is America, the Land of the Free, and you would think a man should be able to drink a little and fall in a ditch without some busybody calling the cops on him.

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and You are a Giant! greatfearsomestrong​
stuck subcompact bad intent! sub-tongue crouch
 
couched in fine print (lift) photocopy fraud
Threats repeated rattle sabers, clean out

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then it dawns on me that maybe
nothing at all had happened
maybe the workers at the r.v. place
are just too lazy to lift that
heavy ass goddamn flag

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When is the right time
to tell your daughter
about your abortion?

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José made his way into the kitchen and emptied the powder from one of Smitty’s goof balls into Brisket’s dinner bowl. He poured a little beer into the dog food and mixed it around hoping for the best.

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One of the film's main musical
themes was illegal, the group of
upper-level undergraduates in
geography, sociology, & Chinese

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No great oak when shedding leaves, I’m losing petals quickly.
Not mites, not snails, nor even fungi; spots have grown where
Xylem stream, where tracheids work, where life’s excitement
Surges.

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Erase the stars from the velvet sky
Roll down the mountains, one by one.
Say goodbye to animal glamour
Soon we follow,
​painted ponies on the vaulted carousel

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Then one day, a miracle. Erasmus found an ancient Steinway Concert Grand in a curio shop. It emptied my account of all the credits I had earned, plus some. It came to the house on one of the few days people went out without respirators.

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​I've been singing the same song
since last April. finding new harmony.
walking around three months
with an ice cube on the tongue.

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