‘Noir, NJ’ by Paul Muldoon

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When I wake up in a strange bed
Beside a girl called Pam
I try to play the whole thing down
And give my name as Sam
It’s clear I’m way out of my depth
It’s clear that she’s dropped a dime
It’s clear that even I suspect
I’m guilty of some crime
I know those goons by the streetlamp
Are champing at the bit
I last saw them on board the train
Before we took a hit
And jumped the observation car
Only to lose our way
In a nightmarish railroad yard
Somewhere near Noir, NJ

When I squint through the slatted blinds
Pam orders juice and eggs
She’ll let a man do the legwork
While she works on her legs
It’s clear her husband was a wimp
It’s clear he had no spine
It’s clear she lit that cigarette
To give the goons a sign
I know that it’s a rule of thumb
A gumshoe’s fingered me
When ladies who’re high maintenance
Meet lighting that’s low key
They’re just so many femme fatales
Who have been led astray
And now lure plainclothesmen et al
Back there to Noir, NJ

When a sergeant with a scattergun
Meets a shamus
Halfway up the stairs
Somewhere between Paterson
And Paramus
They redefine the parameters
And bid us welcome, hey, hey, hey,
Welcome to Noir, NJ

When I flash forward through the murk
Of who did what to whom
I’m pretty sure I don’t deserve
To die here in this room
It’s clear I’ve been double-crossed
It’s clear that I’ve been framed
It’s clear that Pam’s husband was half deaf
From how they shout his name
I know I’ll be reduced to pulp
She’ll gulp with her orange juice
If I don’t reassert myself
She’ll kick in my caboose
It’s not too late to be hard-boiled
Like the eggs on Pam’s tray
Through even her pistol would recoil
At what happened in Noir, NJ

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Source: Muldoon, Paul. Joyce Carol Oates, Editor. New Jersey Noir. Consortium Book Sales & Dist, 2011. Print. pp. 217-218.

Black Tiger #2 (New York Without Permission)

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Notes the democracy women
Manifest a lost white battle year

Apocalyptic birth food
Outstanding disco

Golden camp:
Strike your current soul

Other hopes how mothers love
Communism and dance geography

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The real scandalized night moves

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New York New York
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Printed in the United States

A Rapid, Nameless Impulse

Wikipedia Poem, No. 809

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you are the only one willing to abuse yr body 
and i'm so here for that

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Wikipedia Poem, No. 805

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The Others: A Magazine

Wikipedia Poem, No. 733

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“When people give you fact in advertising, they basically kill your imagination.” Shirazeh Houshiary

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The Menace Relations In Himself Is To Destroy Them

Wikipedia Poem, No. 732

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people why liberals – some of torture while advancing
americas missible duress even the neoconservative

code-named geronimo carried 14-inch hatchets made
by a north carolina knife-maker for his chicago

police unit those same hard zuley a special
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bend the observed race relation this toni purposes

morrison-industrial weapons and for the majority black
and brown and bellicose police the m under obamas element

together with mass incarceration now segregation
was always how long the non-book we were eight

years in american society he grew up in americally
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oligarchic shindigs that to netanyahu is presently claimed

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its democrats was the cruellest  bottle-feeding class

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liberalism are still prone to the the architecture of henry kissinger

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than that thistled with no quid pro quid pro quid pro quid pro

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more heat their cocktail dresses gentlemen shiverse workforce

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certainly not a white merica great again of non-violent protest

but also a comprehensive critique of non-violent protest
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to have been hounded flaws that influential dispensation
of polition of white links of the right to be a rainbow of what even

embracingly aware of ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal
ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal ordeal of hierarchy and wit

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Source: Mishra, Pankaj. “Why do white people like what I write?” Rev. of We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. London Review of Books 40.4 (2018): 17-20. 23 Feb. 2018. https://www.lrb.co.uk/v40/n04/pankaj-mishra/why-do-white-people-like-what-i-write.

Curtainlike Rock Formations

Wikipedia Poem, No. 731

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some 45000 to 40000 to 40000 years ago

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shared symbolic thinking with h sapiens

artifacts in africa or western asia than comparable
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overall mental ability the two species were
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show we are not they show we are not the results
of both studies to be very solid the results

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Source: Ritter, Malcolm. “Science Says: European art scene began with Neanderthals.” ABC News, Associated Press, 22 Feb. 2018, abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/science-european-art-scene-began-neanderthals-53282078.

What would metal sound like after capitalism?

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“A pop song—and metal, for all its fuck no, is pop music—is a commodity, and its market conditions are written into its chord structure. It is caught up entirely in capitalism’s circuits. A wash of guitars and a blast beat do not have the power to resist the contradictions they expose and express.

“Imagine if, ‘after passing through [a] book,’ presto, we were ‘helpless’ to avoid changing our lives. Sometimes I wonder what metal would sound like after capitalism, or whether we would even need metal then. I wonder the same thing about poetry.”

 

— Michael Robbins, from his essay “Destroy Your Safe and Happy Lives.” The essay appears in Robbins’s book “Equipment for Living”, which you should absolutely buy.

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Wikipedia Poem, No. 534

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“I like the fact that once a piece of work is done, I cease to exist. I like the feeling of disappearing after finishing an artwork.” Xu Zhen

what nobel academy might give such a thing
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but collect one and clean it
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