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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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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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:iconkagomeresurrected:
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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