|//at the drug house on van-buren//
i rented a
the blond woman
across the hall
had been a model
in new york
thirty years ago.
now she was a
my first night there
she stopped me
in the hallway.
is in the clutches
had a chance
to say anything
she kissed my cheek
said i was a saint
and drifted back
to her room.
next day after class
i pulled into
the gravel lot
behind the house
a whippet-thin man
he frantically explained
it was imperative
to the establishment
of continued world order
that he find
a tabby cat
i let him
search the trunk
of my car
my jeans pockets.
then i took an oath
on my calculus textbook
that should i
come to possess knowledge
of rex's whereabouts
i would disseminate it
and ONLY him
saint amongst mongrels,
and kissed my cheek.
then he slung
the biggest goddamn
i’ve ever seen
over his shoulder
12 Aug 07
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thanks for reading.
you're a saint among mongrels.
confirmation of your solid foundation. again.
thanks for reading.
there's probably a novel or short story in the seven months i lived in that house.
i doubt i'll ever write it.
Your poetry is so great and then I get to the end of each one and am suddenly lost. Do you do that on purpose, or is it me just not getting it? I wanna know about the crescent wrench so I can understand your writing.
thanks for reading this.
he didn't say it out right, but my overal impression was that he was going to kill the cat with it.
I knew that curiosity killed the cat, but I had no idea the goddamn crescent wrench did too! Thanks 4 the breakdown, Justin. Now I gotcha. You ARE a saint amongst mongrels. GREAT line. If you ever write a book, that would be the most awesome title ever! Peaceout. Starr
I can tell you are living an incomplete life. To feel more complete, read the works of Poe or his contemporaries Maximilian and Henry. 6/10
DUH! Am I dense. Only now, after a third reading do I realize that ex-model and underwear man are a couple. Shades of Bukowski, or so it sounds to me.
Beware, Justin. Using symbols in your titles will garner you nothing but negative attention, no matter how handy a distinctive sign is.
Excellent poem. You are one of three poets I've ever read who used profanity without weakening their work at all, excepting slam poets of course.
In any event, strong piece. It's imperative to the continued establishment of world order that I give this one a ten. =)
I enjoy your rhythm and line breaks. Very nice poem. Ignore Henry.
creative, well written and observed, easy to read with a journey that takes you to some real depths and then lightly skits over them..
With normal line breaks, this wouldn't be two pages long. I wonder if you think it looks better, are scared of a full line (for lack of writing power) or if you actually expect people to read it like it's written.
Don't get high and write. It's for professionals only.
Yes! And wonderful! You have kinder film noir moments than I.
its too lucid for my tastes. isn't rex more of a dogs name?
i very much like this. especially the kisses and comment they both give.
very nice. perfect 10 in my book, i can't find a flaw.
left me wanting more from the blond and less on the wrench
what's the reason behind //____//
seems to me as if you're copying rhein and salvatine
I could picture it like it was being played out in front of me. the breaks add a great rhythm, a great piece, I really enjoyed it.
the story is compelling and the writing terse and metaphoric implying realism in the protagonist amidst the unreality of the events -- every saint started out as a worm and every worm can become a saint and most are mongrels -- did you ever find the tabby?
haha. this is hysterical.
it'd be even funnier if it were true.
i like it very much. got any short stories? i'd love to read.
i wish you'd write the short story this is a segment of. I'd so love to read it.
Still a favorite.
this conitues to be one of my favorites
I dont see any meter in this at all.
thanks for reading.
this is as autobiographic as it gets.
unk, bukowski was slightly myopic - - but i think his myopia was a premeditated ploy to sell more books,,,
so it goes,
ha-ha-ha, that was a really good ending
yes, wonderful poem with some great lines as some have pointed out.
Id pay $ to read this
For real, this poem is one of the best on site.
This has a great lyrical quality to it. For some reason I got hung up on repeating the 'saint amongst mongrels.' And lastly, a dead sprint. I had difficulty imagining what that must be like.