Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Chicago Poem #77

What you want to know is
how it feels to walk down Berteau
and Know
that tomorrow this city bows
from Division to Roosevelt
from Madison to Eisenhower Express
ways of getting over
this is destitution...a word we make up
When we make up the city's makeup
Emmanuel and Ezekiel are made.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Chicago Poem #99

"We did it!" we said,
to each other in the streets.
We meant, "We set ourselves up!"
We meant all that shit we talked.

"I am disappointed!" We exclaimed.
"I thought it was our time but it isn't!"
We looked over in the corner, and somebody
whispered to us, that guy owns the place

And that's when we knew
we were about to get more than our noses broken...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Chicago Poem #2

King's not dead just stepping down.
A perpetual Prince is the best, safest kind of king.
The lake's unfinished but doesn't seem that way
from space.
The lakefront is a work of art in constant flux
And someone is always about to eat you alive.
Some invasive Asian carp was slouching towards Wacker.
Time to get out, you've been sent for
By the biggest shouldered brute,
It's time.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Chicago Poem #21

I hope you sign LeBron or Dwayne
Because it always feels like home there.
And maybe this time I can be genuine
in my love of iconography
For a city so shot through with ask.

Where have you gone my gray-eyed planetarium?
And what have you bulldozed my cheesecake beef?
I spent so many nights on the Old Style veranda
I smoked so many lungs in the mouth of a new wave
And it was hard to find a job I didn't hate.

But hate for a job is the City that works.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Chicago Poem #45

Brother and Sister kept, check
Family in the suburbs
Family in the retail shops
Stiff winds wound up; always movement
Putting on that Renaissance mask
Pretending another much needed rebirth,
Native sons grow up and move out.

I looked up pictures of you
on the internet
from the Forties, Fifties and Sixties
Those won't matter much longer.
They are scenes from a movie made
twenty years later doesn't matter anymore.
Those cars were beasts and it is all too bad we destroyed.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Chicago Poem #28

A trailblazer and a felon
walk into a large building
towards a bank of elevators
and wait for the next car
going up.

Breezing past them,
in a plaid sport coat
is a Quiet American
with an appointment to keep.

A muted shuffling rush of humanity and...

There is only room for two men
on the next car going up.

What happens is an overreaching
respect for authority
mixes with a genuine loathing
of anything but the self.
No one will enter the next car.
No one was sent.

The doors close,
three men stand near the bank of elevators.
And the city moves forward,
educating its young kings
to clamor to be sent,
to be wanted.
To wear and where and wear.