Street Lab Specimens

He lays this out,
Pressed to the sidewalk,

Neatly
Unfolding
The photos,

A pictographic
Criminal family tree:

Andy Warhol then,
Lower
And to the
Left,

Billy Driscoll,
Baby Jane Holzer, and
Lou Reed.

–What do these four
Have in common,
He asks?

Forced to cut wide
Around us

Shoes and legs blur by
On either side,

Darting toward Princess Street, or

The
Vertical
Glass
Face
Of shops
And offices

Disappearing,
Into sunshine glare
All around

–Little children, he adds.

For phlebotomists in a lab,
Blood is compulsory;

As it is with drama,
Portrayed,
Honestly

Emilia,
Kneeling over her colorful
Chalk “Girl with a Pearl Monroe”
Asks,

–These four were all
Parents?

He lays it out,
Hovering above the sidewalk,

Fiercely
Poking
The pictures

–These four,
And their network of minions,
Pimped and promoted
Child molestation.

A coffee and tea porter’s cart
Shimmies by
Street side

Its silver factory-pressed sides
Electric
With
Sunspots
And
Solar flares
Blinding

Emilia blinks,

Her hand guiding
Pink chalk,
Along the girl’s slender
Neck

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19 thoughts on “Street Lab Specimens

  1. Oh my gosh, formidable!

    …Fiercely
    Poking
    The pictures

    –These four,
    And their network of minions,
    Pimped and promoted
    Child molestation…

    I was fascinated and mesmorised.

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  2. I love how your poems are lyric photographs of people and places and simple humanity that are not cliche in any way. These are not love poems, and yet they are in love with the simplicity of everyday humanity. Every vignette makes me a little bit more at peace with being a human. Thank you for that.

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  3. The Factory Gang was definitely up to no good. There are Facebook pages that hate on Warhol et al, but they do not recognize the beauty of the work these people produced.

    Ahh but some of us are sophisticated enough to both appreciate Count Dracula’s finer points, while keeping watch over our loved-ones’ windows he’d have them open his rap-tap-tapping.

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  4. Social Network social network social network.

    I think I’ll go find a page for luddites and click the “like” button. If you need to get a hold of me, or Warhol, just find my Mother.

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  5. Succinct, engaging and powerful with the underlying message that you never know. Image versus disgust. Strong, wrenching. Wonderful imagery and narration.

    (PS Happy Birthday)

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