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John Godfrey

Civ Dis

Watch you don’t step

on my shine, punk

Between my elbows

and my glasses

is No-Fly

Between my fly

and my thigh

is outer-space capsule

You just be quiet to we


Hanging ’ffense, mon cul


To all non-binary guerilla cadres:

His gender mind’s

a scant two inches

To all multi-maroon intransigent cliques:

His color lacks obedience

To all fernhead body-downs:

Lay them down

on denialers’ werewolf

Ain’t no living wage

in Armor Garden

Ironic camouflage is our exposition

Subvertationist catwalk knows time


Observe without you hide

Change mode of muck wash


Can’t predict change

So change like it’s yours to do

Them who back walk

don’t see the curtain drops

Don’t see the separated

baby head ain’t Martian


Them who back walk:

Stay in their way

John Godfrey was born in Massena, N.Y. in 1945. He is the author of 14 collections of poetry. He received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1967, and took a B.S. in Nursing from Columbia University in 1994. He has received fellowships from the General Electric Foundation (1984), the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2009), and the Z Foundation (2013). He retired in 2011 after 17 years as a nurse clinician in HIV/AIDS. He has lived in the East Village of Manhattan since the 1960s.