Ross Vassilev

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                                                “Untitled” by Seth Elkins 

I was sober when I wrote this

there’s things about America that fascinate me
like race riots
the Weather Underground
and the ghosts of Indians stumbling down broken-glass alleys
like atomic skies raining down cancer on bad actors in the desert
or J. Edgar Hoover in high heels and a red dress
there’s things about America that fascinate me
like Marilyn Monroe being a Communist
the Mafia and serial killers
and Bukowski getting arrested for trying to evade the draft during World War 2
things like the DNC in ’68
Bobby Seale bound and gagged in the courtroom
and the veteran who came home to shoot his wife and children
America, you’re a cannibal zombie freak show
straight from the bowels of Hell
and the rest of the world can’t help but watch.

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