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Going Somewhere, Who's Going Somewhere?
By Linda Lerner

there & not there on
Astor place with Nina Saturday July night
leaning against K-Mart absurdity:
crossroads of a world where
out of place has place
people swarming with packages
anything to hold into twilight/dark...

there & not there as
a man packs up his wares
another spreads his out
from everywhere come to
set up shop in our heads...

must be a party someplace
Nina says

not budging from K-Mart window
jazz taped live from one of the
tables burning incense thru
car exhaust spreads grass fumes
stales cool and
doesn't quite give that kick
it once did...

buying or is it selling eyes
question over me but
no sniper with
a firecracker in his fleshed soul
to send this crossroads
roaring into the sky again

good band at birdland
Nina's voice

means a subway to midtown
and nobody's
going anywhere tonight
on Astor place

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