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Bad Signs

1

“crack life open”

the ad proposes

2

the Whitney Museum, “a

glittery emblem of

new urban capital”

3

the subway’s “passengers”

become “customers”

4

the deconsecrated

church becomes a

nightclub, a boutique,

a furniture store, a gym

5

the internet is the

software and the

gun is the hardware

6

the Festival features a

“poetry brothel”

7

“Margin,” we say.

“We have no margin.”

from To the RiverFind more by Michael O’Brien at the library

Copyright © Michael O’Brien
Used with the permission of Flood Editions.

Published in Michael O'Brien Poems

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