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I.
they can get you
in East Hampton for wearing red shoes
on a Thursday
  I don't know whether you knew
  that--I mean--do you know
  that?

II.
it's very hot in New York City
I like the terrible noise
you hear at night and all these terrible
drilling sounds--I never go to sleep 
unless the whole pavement is jumping
outside and it's a hundred degrees

III.
when I go to New York City I see myself
--Where have you been?
--Where have you been?
--Where have you been?
--Where have you been?
this is the revolutionary costume:
I never wear this
in East Hampton.

IV.
I'm not gonna spend another winter
in East Hampton--
in the first place I can't
I just can't
I can't spend another winter
out here in the country
I can't do it
I'm telling you--I can't
I can't get my figure back
unless I hit New York City

V.
any little rat's nest
in New York City
any little mouse hole
any little rat hole
even on Tenth Avenue
I would like better
  it's all a question
  of who you want to stay with.
I'm mad about animals but raccoons
and cats become a little boring

VI.
I didn't want a maintenance man:
I said "I'll take you home
for one night".
he couldn't do any work
he made good salads
but was drunk all the time--
I'm not ashamed 
of anything

VII.
I'm gonna get naked in just a minute
so you better watch out--I haven't got
any warts on me--
want a taste?
that would be a night
at the opera: do you want to
go up and photograph it
from the top porch?

VIII.
he doesn't want sex--
he's got about six girls
in East Hampton--
he's so busy--he's out
every single night
with a different girl--
it's very hard to live
nowadays--living
is very difficult

IX.
the cat's going to the bathroom
right in back of my portrait
--I'm glad he is--
at least somebody's doing
something they want

X.
I thought you'd been in New York City
long enough--you were getting
lines in your face
and that married man was not going 
to give you any chance at all

XI.
the libra husband
does not seek divorce
unless the conditions of his life are not 
adjustable

XII.
next summer if we're all living
I think a vegetable garden would be
a good thing in here--you don't get
enough sunlight in here
and you know kitties adore the sun

XIII.
I've been through the jungles--the
famous gardens of America:
I did.
I had my cake
loved it
masticated it
chewed it
and had everything I wanted
that's the cadenza--cadenza--
whatever you call it:
they'll have the whole house down soon
Found poem from various chunks of the documentary Grey Gardens. This piece was published in Found Poetry Review Volume Seven.

I don't know if this speaks more to my hipsterness or sexual orientation, but it's definitely speaking to one or the other that I did a fucking found poem from Grey Gardens.

This was a by-product of trying to write something for the theme "The Kennedy Curse". Mashing up all this crazy-bitch kind of gave me a direction, at least.

ETA: For this piece getting decent attention, I'm curious--do many of you know what Grey Gardens is?
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The Libra Husband by `tiganusi ( Featured by BeccaJS )
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hell-on-a-stick Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Writer
why the title other than i understand what the stanza meant. the libra husband will not seek divorce if the conditions are adjustable...that makes shitloads of sense to me. 
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional
You gotta see the movie. The crazy woman does not shut up about how she's going to find her libra husband the whole time. It's intense. And she has no hear and wears a makeshift burka with safety pins. Watch it.
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cristinewakesuphappy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:+fav:

i hope you don't mind my humble feature:
your lovely piece is handpicked. (link)

thank you.
:bow:
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KagomeResurrected Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
I'm a libra :B

/stupid comment
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional
But your lack of penis would make you a poor husband wouldn't it? :i
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KagomeResurrected Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
I'm really good at presents, and random surprises, and planning romantic get aways!

Does that help any? :(
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional
Totally does. Nothing gets me going like a romantic get-away. Meet me in New Orleans, in three days. :nod:
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KagomeResurrected Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
:excited:!!!!!!!!!!!!
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petrova Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist
I just really like the use of words in this one, it intrigues me.

Grey Gardens, isn't that a documentary about two women living at a place called Grey Gardens. I've never seen it but I recognise the name and that was what popped up in my head.
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GalaxyGoddess Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me laugh, I love the imagery.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hey there I featured this piece here and just thought I'd let you know.

Thanks!
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional
Thanks hon!

Love the avatar, by the way.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
You're welcome! and thanks! It is byyyy =AcidKitty3
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passionatepremise Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't know what this is, but it's awesome anyway! :) <3
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revois Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this...I don't know what it is. But I keep rereading this. It's hitting me hard. Nice.
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TheSoapboxPoet Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Writer
Whoa, dude! This is awesome! I remember commenting on this before it got a DD... now I feel like a hipster.
Anyhow, congrats! That's so cool!
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
This is amazing work.
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cybergranny Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know at all what Grey Garden is, but at that time, I'd like to be in your mind!
Congrats abd really well deserved, haven't been impressed by such a poem in a long time.
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Writer
One of the better found poems I've read in quite some time... excellent work! :la:

Congrats on a well-deserved DD.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional
many thanks!
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emilygolightly Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Writer
so beautiful
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wreckling Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Writer
I laughed unexpectedly at IX. Was a pleasant surprise. I like the repetition throughout, works well for the subject matter without being too overbearing. Nice one. :ahoy:
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional
An early draft was just the line "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?" in red ink across fifty-three pages.
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wreckling Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Writer
I'd believe it. Very Gertrude Stein of you.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional
Every time someone says Gertrude Stein, I think Edith Stein and expect a nun to get taken by the Nazis.
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wreckling Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Writer
Not quite. :lol:
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britegreenfish Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Photographer
yooohoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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Botkin Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
I could never find much sympathy for these two faded beauties. Sure their income streams were down to a trickle but they were sitting on a ton of real estate that their old money sensibilities/ fucked-up psychologies could never let them realise: the wizened, arthritic claw of greed holding on to the very last. The film left me with an urgent desire to call in a napalm strike. Nice use of the dialogue btw.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional
The only sympathy I found was in the fact that they were both too codependant to leave each other.
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :heart:
Have a nice day! : )
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volotation Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
c'est bien la photo
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
This is an amazing poem. BTW--"Grey Gardens" is wonderful. I like the cadence and flow of this poem and there is some great imagery. Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional
Thanks! :pringles:
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Congratulations and well done on this, ol' chap... and yes, that's amazing to do a found poem based on Grey Gardens!

For those who can't figure it out, here's a link to everything you want to know about GG!: [link] ...with your permission, Mr Perry :bow:
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional
Thanks! :heart:
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emsoileau Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i don't know what grey gardens is. i'd like to. but i'm also profoundly impressed by this piece, as i said on skype already.
i think the part that struck me most vividly was XI.
i like the way this reads to me, like a sort of aberrant, attention-deficit conversation with a woman holding a glass of wine and a cigarette by the window. she looks a mess.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Professional
That's basically the feel of Grey Gardens—it's a documentary about two formerly-rich women living in abject decay.
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emsoileau Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I win.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconlazehumpplz: EYY SEXY LADY
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional
HOW :iconrudelazeplz: OF YOU
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcatkickplz:
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional
oh god yes.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it is more beautiful than periods
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PursuingTheCerberus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Writer
really enjoyed this!!!
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional
thanks!
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PursuingTheCerberus Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Writer
I'm a poetry admin @ writer's ink and will be considering this poem for a roundup!!
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TheSoapboxPoet Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
WHOA. I can't even... this is just... hnngh.
So many perfect strings of words, I can't even.
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tiganusi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional
It's funny how much gold you can milk from the udders of crazy New England spinsters.
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TheSoapboxPoet Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
Definitely! My mind has been blown.
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theopenoven Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
The sounds and images of the second stanza are fantastic. I really like how fragmentary and repetitive this poem is; it gives you a good sense of the speaker's thoughts and everything connects so well despite the disjointedness of the lines and stanzas.
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