Art and poetry on page and stage

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Andrei Codrescu

the revolution: return to new york

we are having a revolution: a marketing revolution.
we are still in the wine roses goat and sesame seed phase
of the revolution with a meat body full of unopened taste buds
waiting for the unborn entrepreneurs to start exporting
the unborn genius ethnics who can’t wait to stop exporting
may have already died but our revolution will not stop
for dead anybody because as the endorphin receptors multiply
there needs to be a lot more cinema and real monsters
not like now when intact in our glass cages we still diddle form
like art is just going to land in it and flatten out
no, flesh runs a smooth outfit here in the big city brain
I’m here for altruistic reasons that are so deliciously selfish
I can scream and do from when I wake up until I expire if I do

Andrei is an homme-de-lettres whose poetry, novels, and essays have been infiltrating the American psyche since he emigrated from his native Romania to Detroit in 1966. He is the author of forty books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and the founder of Exquisite Corpse: A Journal of Life & Letters. He has received a Peabody award for his film Road Scholar, and has been a commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered since 1983. He lives in New Orleans, the Ozarks, and New York.