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It's 1954, as in the 1950s, she's leaning at the bar,

like a willow tree at midnight, like a hobo about to

explode, I'm in no man's land, so good it's scary, so

good she could hold me up to the light and see right

through me to Los Angeles the jazz blows black and

white, blows thick and I don't care -- she sings from

a bottle, she spills like the blues for Clifford Brown,

a thousand more like her but that's outside, and she's

in here getting trippy with the lipstick, staring at herself

in the blue blue lights of Avenue A, I cannot and will not

try to explain this thing to you or to myself, embraceable

untraceable, look what she's done to my hair my shoes,

yes 1000 of her outside on the avenue, a river runs through

each and every one and she is the only one that has ever

been real, and I am a boy named Mary, I am a girl named

Jake, I know it's crazy but whatever it takes to get her away

from here, whatever it takes all right I will, my loss her gain

it's all in the game, truth or consequences, sweet pain and

indecision, hungry for it not hungry for it, all the same, just

her being her identical self tonight, for a boy like me for a

girl like me -- it's midnight at the bar, pouring from the bottle,

and she's my guy -- who could ask for anything more

George Wallace is editor of Poetrybay, co-editor of Great Weather for Media, author of 29 previous collections, since 2011 he has served as writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace in West Hills, LI NY. First poet laureate of Suffolk County and 2015-16 Laureate of the Connecticut-based International Beat Festival, he is adjunct professor of English at Pace University in Manhattan and Westchester Community College

                 Wallace is a fixture on the New York City poetry scene and travels internationally to lecture, conduct workshops and perform his work. In recent years he has appeared on stage with David Amram, Levon Helm, Thurston Moore and Donovan; at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, Woody Guthrie Festival, John Steinbeck Center, Pollock/Krasner House, Punahou School and Gordon Parks Museum; and internationally at the Ledbury Festival, Dylan Thomas Center, Robert Burns Center, Avignon Festival, Biblioteca Civica/Parma and About-art in Athens, Greece.  


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A Simple Blues. . . Wallace




A Simple Blues. . . Wallace