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Posted on July 5th, 2010 by robert. Filed under Poems.
AMERICA THE LARGE
Matchbooks say Thank you in today’s America
Telephone operators tell you Have a nice day
Restaurant checks say Please come again
And so do the men
Color TV gets better reception here than over there
Criminals spend less time rotting in jail
Everybody has a lot of rights, even the poor
Although they are often too poor to notice
A lot of people’s homes are heated in winter
And even those without heat thank their lucky stars
They aren’t in England pushing luncheon vouchers
Across a greasy steam table in some cafeteria
Landlords are wonderful they never come around
Except to say Hi!
Artists can always get a grant from somewhere
Or someone at least will buy them a drink
Glamorous people invariably get into glamorous magazines
Malcontents find themselves humanely humored by a benevolent government
And nuclear submarines have no parking problems at any naval base.
The radiation level in America is way below the danger level
Established by impartial scientists.
And scientists can always get a grant too.
These are only a few things that are good about America.
There are many more.
Friendly, well trained police.
Expert murderers and rapists to keep them employed.
Nukes, and anti-nukes.
Matter, and anti-matter.
Bonnie and her corresponding Clyde.
Mamie and her ever-presidential Ike.
Rockwells, George Lincoln and Norman
J. Edgar, Herbert, and Buxte Hoover.
There is nothing mysterious about America.
Our only sphinxes adorn Mt. Rushmore like real men
And not some half-breed enigmas nobody ever heard of.
Patti Hearst Patti Page Patti Astor Patti Smith Patty Cake
This is a fantastic, Pat-Happy Nation.
A nation united by surrealism
All fifty states locked in multiple orgasm by a
Real amazing constitution.
Never coming to a climax except in police actions and military
One nation under God
Expunger of Nixon
Bomber of Hanoi
Executioner of the dreaded Rosenbergs, Ethel and Julius
Napalm rainfall for communist demon children
Assassin of Allende, Diem, Kennedy John, Mossadegh, Martin
Luthur King Jr. Malcolm X Kennedy Robert George Jackson
Flag-hoisting icon of Iwo Jima, Tripoli, Guyana
Two-fisted scourge of the enemies of freedom and the freedom of enemies
We salute you OH AMERICA
INVENTOR OF EVERYTHING
DEBTOR OF NOBODY
PROTECTOR OF NATURAL LUBRICANTS FROM THE SORDID
DOMINION OF SMELLY SHEIKS AND THE MUSLIM HOARDES THEY
SQUASH AND ELECTRIFY IN THEIR ELECTRIFYING PRISONS
OMNISCIENT NAVIGATOR OF MESSIAH HELICOPTERS
LEAKING OIL TANKERS AND VOLCANOS
LONG MAY YOU WAVE GOODBYE
– Gary Indiana, 1976
Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies / Reyner Banham
Horse Crazy / Gary Indiana
Rimbaud: The Double Life of a Rebel / Edmund White
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