THE ONLY THING RED-BLOODED AMERICANS CAN AGREE ON
Texas oil magnates,
Dakota football tailgaters
honky-tonk Atlantic City boardwalkers
East Los Angeles brown black yellow families
borrow cars or make the four bus transfers
to Redondo Beach
where we all
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MONET MISTY MORNING MUMBO JUMBO
Gertrude was raised in Oakland then educated at Radcliffe, then a Harvard annex,
then fled to the Left Bank where she and her brother collected Cézannes,
Picassos & other modern art in their Luxembourg Garden salon.
Jiggle test valence, unhooking Alice’s rose-is-a-rose-is-a fishing bra bait,
the late nymph & Tolklas got along well enough though they disagreed
doggedly which showed her tells snapping lacquered tangerines or thin-skinned
blood oranges there-is-no-there-there Polaroids below Parisian catwalks.
descended from the son of a French watchmaker who later on made
Hopalong Cassidy’s gunpowder, also sponsored Better Living Through Chemistry,
which catalyzed free-radical independence among critics whose citric tendencies
toward Stein vacuumed up all my Puritanical adventure travel fuselage oxygen.
Adventure Travel — where’s your mind go?
Droveate across the US once with parents then campedhitchedmetslept
several more times before having children.
Which come to think of it now,
makes all the difference how I feel and know America/ns.
But much less so with my own kids: Airplanes are just so convenient
getting from coast to coast or jumping over our garden’s pond.
Roseisaroseisaroses peripateticized from West Allegheny
to Oakland to spend the rest of their lives in Paris with Toklas.
our biographies’ radar.