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a travesty generated pantoum
     after Countee Cullen


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crowd, the pushes up against her phone as she packed crowd,
the noiseless pink lips—This is what we do in Times Square,
marring the people, that we do in New Year bearing fine coats
2003: New Years Eve and some girl screamed

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on the crowd, that we opened the wells of saliva from checkered
Burberry coat, a Burberry coat push it drip drip onto her
in New Years Eve and some girl screams into her phone

as she pushes through the noiseless pink lips
A girl screams into her cheeks
drip drip drip from cheeks,
pull bulb of our checkered Burberry coats
2003: New Year.






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New York a girl screamed
There’s too many negroes in New York on New York
a girl screamed There’s Eve
—let it drip drip drip from the noiseless pink lips

crowd,
the packed crowd,
Crowds of saliva from cheeks
drip drip drip from the New Year bearing fine coat

pull bulb of ink through the old hurts
peddled around Times Square, against her blackwhite checkered Burberry coat
pull bulb of ink through the New York City, New Year’s lip
on the old hurts

peddled around her in Times Square
lit cigarettes punched into her phone as she pummels through
the ball dropped and some girl screams into her phone as she pushes up against her in Times Square
lit cigarettes punched into her blackwhite checkered coat

A girl screamed
There’s Eve
—let it drip from the noiseless pink lips—
This is what we do in New Year.






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New Years Eve and oh my god why are there, the ball dropped
and some girl screams into her phone as she pummels through
the noiseless pink lips—This is what we did it for the packed crowd,
the packed crowd pushes up against her in Times Square.

The way we tell it, you had to be there so many negroes
in New York on New York on New Year, horizon’s lip
on the A to Rockaway bragging the old hurts
peddled around Times Square, against her Burberry

Push it like a bulb of ink through the noiseless pink lips
crowded tongues scoop saliva from cheeks
slicing unheard in Times Square, marring fine coats
2003: New Year bearing the old hurts

peddled around her in Times Square, marring fine coats
2003: New York on New York on New York City,
New York City, New Years Eve and oh my god why are there,
the ball dropped and some girl screamed

There’s too many negroes in New Year bearing the old hurts
peddled around Times Square
lit cigarettes punched into her checkered coat, a Burberry







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New Years Eve and oh my god why are there, the ball dropped
and some girl screams into her checkered Burberry
Push it like a bulb of ink through the packed crowd pushes
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through the packed crowd pushes up against her Burberry coat
A girl screams into her checkered Burberry coat A girl screamed
There’s too many negroes in New York on New Year bearing
the old hurts peddled around Times Square, marring fine coats
2003: New York a girl screamed

There’s too many negroes in New Years Eve and oh my god why
are there so many negroes in New York City, New Year
bearing the old hurts peddled around Times Square, marring fine coats
2003: New York a girl screams into her blackwhite checkered Burberry coat


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There’s too many negroes in New York on New Year.
Sunrise on the train we brag that we do in New York
on New Year a girl shouted. There’s too many negroes in New York on New Year
in the city we heard everything and move unheard. Pushed up

against her in Times Square push into the black & white wool of her coat
Push it like a bulb of ink through the noiseless pink of our lips.
We dig with our tongues, dig saliva from the wells in our cheeks
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New Years Eve and oh my god why are there so many negroes in New York
a girl screams into her phone as she pushes through the packed crowd,
the packed crowd pushes up against her in Times Square
lit cigarettes punch into her checkered Burberry coat

A girl screams into her phone as she pummels through the crowd,
crowds of tongues scoop saliva from cheeks,
push around her in Times Square, against her Burberry coat
pull bulbs of saliva up through pink lips

crowded tongues drain wells of saliva from cheeks
drip drip drip onto her blackwhite checkered coat, a Burberry
push it like a bulb of ink through the noiseless pink lips—
This is what we do in New York on New Year’s Eve

—let it drip drip drip from the wells of our cheeks
slicing unheard in Times Square, marring fine coats
2003: New York City, New Year, horizon’s lip
on the A to Rockaway bragging that we did it for the People,

that we opened the New Year bearing the old hurts
peddled around Times Square. The way we tell it, you
had to be there, the ball dropped and some girl screamed
there’s too many negroes in New York on New Year.