Andrei Codrescu

The City

in august 2020 birds got fat
they started turning back into dinosaurs
they didn't miss people

rats on the other hand missed restaurants
the better ones reviewed in the times
there are so many rat snobs

in the infernal month of august 2020
the birds and the rats compete for the future

we humans developed a dream life
that features either wings or fur

in the morning
we shower put on work clothes
and walk into the next room
to work on self-erasure

day and night mean little nows
are shaking the jello cube of time

at night me and my friend
jump over walls after putting
phosphorous on our hands

we escape from people
we meet a masked subway rat named Henna
at midnight on the bowery

we discuss astrophysics
sometimes we roll a ball of dark energy
on the rails of an empty train

and then lie down somewhere in the city

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 has authored over forty books of poetry, fiction, and essays, and founded "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.