Archive for November, 2009
Here, Jesse Custer weighs in on this weekend’s planned Ku Klux Klan rally at the University of Mississippi:
Dear Jeanne-Claude I loved that orange hair.
Dear Jeanne-Claude everyone always remembers his name and not yours, even me too sometimes.
Dear Jeanne-Claude I thought the Gates were beautiful.
Dear Jeanne-Claude I wanted so badly to go see them, and I didn’t probably because of money, and how very foolish that seems now. What did I do in turn? How much beer was drunk on porches in Mississippi, beer bottles clanking and chinking into garbage cans instead of boots crunching Central Park snow.
Dear Jeanne-Claude my friend Jackie went and a boy who was a writer gave her a sliver of saffron fabric, a tiny little square, and I just about swooned myself, altho’ I cannot recall her reactions, just that neon shape in her pink hand.
(Dear Jeanne-Claude you taught us that it was saffron but all I ever saw were the threads of your wild, taunting mane, the ponytail of a lady Galactus twisted and woven through the grey heart of a City)
Dear Jeanne-Claude maybe when I get older and learn how to keep the blush down from my cheeks I’ll lie to children not alive yet that I went that winter to Central Park and that it was so lovely I
burst into tears,
And that a pretty puzzled girl offered me her handkerchief.
Later we had drinks, and we went and saw Yo La Tengo at the Knitting Factory, and even though we swapped e-mails for a while, and she was
totally hot, I can’t really remember her name anymore.
Dear Jeanne-Claude it will be a lovely lie,
Dear Jeanne-Claude it was a lovely life,
you taught me to see saffron instead of
After you died, I woke up next to him.
In the line there is a cat wearing
a black leather vest, Confederate flag
stitched high on his shoulders, a pentangle
filled with stars right below it, PATRIOT RIDERS
embroidered in a delicate script. He has a bright
shard of silver in his left ear, a handlebar mustache to match,
and he and the dude working the register are
both laughing their asses off at this
girl that was in right before.