Cool

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Cool

January came as a demand.
Nothing except the kitchen lived.
Here in winter, I found every
compulsion left me cool.


from pages 258-259 of Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

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Far

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Far

For whom the beginning is
bent but full of fire, the
future is appearances.
I don’t ever get that far.
I like the other option of
Ann Arbor in Spring.


from pages 662-663 of Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

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Skeleton

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Skeleton

Dear midnight—
maybe I could tell you your
head’s a little heavy.
Reminiscent of my own
that will take rather than decide.
I refuse to destroy the skeleton
of light your hands sent.


from pages 312-313 of Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

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Smile

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Smile

Expect I’ve gone
to dinner with a particularly
pleased pig and a goddamned
neglect for desire.
Whether I
smile when
I’m not
thinking doesn’t
depend on joy.
What to do
with all the
teeth so it
looks like choice.
 


from pages 80-81 of Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

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Mirror

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Mirror

I disagree with the mirror—the flat
details never existed as a nervous misinterpretation.
I’m hunting for the lost aspects of my presence— in wonder
for what I’ve discarded.


from pages 26-27 of Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

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Watch

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Watch

Since the death of me, I can’t escape
the chain-saw of possibilities that sit and watch
my vision like a pretty poison flowered.
I began young and can’t change those memories.


from pages 132-133 of Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

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Witness

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Witness

Back where
I began
to witness the city
as a hotel I
wouldn’t go to—
the reality thirty years did
to me with no permission
to elevate the part I could tell
without mercy.


from pages 158-159 of Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

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Position

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Position

Morning was wonder from
the masochism that seemed
to position the hour of light.
I focused on something human
and drunk the possibility of you
wild as touch, sort of like
my own history.


from pages 58-59 of Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

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Accidental

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Accidental

The chorus must
be an accidental
atmosphere drifting
and growing in its viewpoint.
The public exist in contradictions
conceived in a fear-oriented state.
I remember the postcards.


from pages 6-7 of Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

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Almost

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Almost

Now that you know
money is always the meaning
of almost and settled if we’re lucky
to make sense of it all.
Who is expected to respond, personally?
I’m talking to you.
The chances are double spaced and don’t recall
getting your letter about home.


from pages 42-43 of Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

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Screens

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Screens

Dear strange human beings,
I suppose that honesty is a handful
of illusions cited in another context.
Right now—the country is photographed
and shown on screens.
The broadcast of watching
the same thing can be violence.


from pages 218-219 of Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, 1968-1976 by Hunter S. Thompson (Simon & Schuster, 2000).

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Exist

Exist

One could anchor and exist, as most
of the water would someday divide
overnight, to want and worse.


from pages 192-193 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Navigation

Navigation

Which navigation is the mouth?
Open its history collided
with all the pieces of you.


from pages 286-287 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Wing

Wing

Happy, he said was
to be asked to balance
like a wing sinking in morning.


from pages 130-131 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Bottle

Bottle

You were bloom, mouth red,
nobody to swallow.
The city’s evening was drink
you couldn't bottle.
I mean it was morning
rushing for blue.


from pages 240-241 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Fever

Fever

Fever gave all those a quiet word
to fill the darkness.
Talk beat an eye with a disturbing
thought; this ridiculous
business of popularity.


from pages 262-263 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Voice

Voice

The end of voice
is to understand the last
time you needed
to be fighting.


from page 101 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017)

Spark

Spark

Life planted a spark.
The risk requires one
to be common, 
to have mistakes,
to go back
without harming
other people.


from pages 314-315  of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Burned

Burned

One of the Great Lakes
is equal to the cost of
what power is
in fear of unraveling,
due to a number
burned over the surface
of when
to find
the next shoreline.


from pages 146-147 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017)

Move

Move

I disappear and become rain.
This force that likes to move
a handful of gravity into water.


from pages 270-271 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).