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Unread 09-13-2019, 08:32 AM
Aaron Poochigian Aaron Poochigian is offline
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Location: New York, NY
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Default Chip Clark

Chip Clark

For all his urban-militant apparel,
Chip Clark has always played the chump in battleŚ
a runner from the shit, a rotten shooter,
even a pee-er. Well, he chose today
to prove himself: he fixed his rifle barrel
on a surprised delivery-guy astraddle
a neon-orange Vespa motor-scooter,
jacked the thing and set out after you
and Orin in your green Cabriolet.
(He hopes to tell great Malachi McCann
the address where the two of you have gone.)

The sun is setting over Cliffside Park,
and twilight feels like something strange and new
and ominous because the grid is down.
Chip goes on motoring, his headlight dark,
behind you. As you make your way downtown,
he witnesses dense shadow in the squares
and at the major intersections flares
waved by policemen to say stop or go.
Safe driving is, it seems, the thing to do.
Tonight New York, for once, is going slow,
and Chip just goes on creeping with you through
obscurity, your loyal shade, your wraith,
and then you park at 6th and 28th.
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Unread 09-15-2019, 09:51 PM
John Isbell John Isbell is offline
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: TX
Posts: 4,952

Hi Aaron,

This seems to have just sat here for a while. It's a bit of an interlude, but I wanted to go on the record that it seems adept as per usual at carrying the narrative forward, since you might be wondering how folks feel. I might put a comma before flares.

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