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New York because I said so

A day of minutes

Seconds like leaves

Like leaves are disloyal city characters

In brittle congregations

Near shelter dirt and department store cigarette breaks

Stale Irish brew peels the white

Away from mid morning eyes

Already three lies awake

To make matters worse

Our hearts are broken

Next morning our story starts more specific

Hearts don’t matter here

Tiled grogginess

Tiling grogginess

Slow flying gutter puddle

Accompanies a man’s cage walk

Defines his punch line altitude

This building works hard

This building works the same job for three generations

This building works as long as epochs

Produce money and minstrels

One third of this building does not know that it is a third

It woke up groggy

We want to get high

Imagine meaningless water

Imagine orphans making a pact to never have kids

Imagine going to work

This is our first sip

Who knew that concrete would play such a big part in ecological facts

And that mid morning eyes would leak surprise and hate laughter


The emotion of conspiracy

And toy property rights

There are only two kinds of people in this world

One kind owes you money

Category rooftops

Capitalism stands flamboyant in lines that wrap around waterfronts

People pass through

Cadillac swimmer and children who walk on water

That building means margin

Half block toy shelf

Gladiator industry

The nothing business

The nobody

There’s a figure in the window

Why does it always look nervous?

The 5 train has pillowcases through out its Franklin Ave Station

Subway station police remind me of pillowcases

Soundless playground

This 3am train

Childish economics

In full self portrait enthusiasm

In vulnerable slumps

We race whistling tracks

To some cousin of health

This is your city

Your underground

This anonymously high floor

Became a friend that doesn’t know me

A writer’s mountain

Where lineage collapses its span

Into your girlfriend’s cigarette

Also where strangers

Lend me temper

And proletariat lunch

Arms between bricks and midtown fantasy

A manic border

Sort of back then


Will not

See each other



America’s heaven

New york

Because I said so


from LOANLIFE, released October 8, 2013
tongo eisen-martin- poet
chris peck- instruments
tomas deltoro-diaz- mix



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