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It's International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day, and I'd been meaning to post the following poem anyway, what with it being the 20th anniversary of the LA Riots. This little poem first appeared in 1992 in High Performance magazine (a special issue they did called The Verdict and The Violence, edited by Wanda Coleman). I'm pretty sure I scribbled the poem while stuck in freeway gridlock. I remember jotting down the traffic sign.


4/30/92

crawling toward work on 405 freeway
morning after Rodney King decision

refineries to my left belch
white smoke

palm trees to my right
jacarandas blooming

Budweiser & Maui $360
roundtrip billboards

N-110 EXITS CLOS
CENTURY - ML KING

Date: 2012-04-24 04:13 am (UTC)
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Holy crap, yes, 20 years. Seems an unbelievably long time somehow, but I remember those couple of days only too clearly - I was living out by the beach but my folks and a lot of the West Adams people were right here in the thick of it. They couldn't leave & had no power, so they organised block barbecues to get through all the food in their refrigerators - and, I think, to rermind themselves that they weren't alone... but they were all collectively scared to death.

Date: 2012-04-24 10:07 am (UTC)
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Oh, wow, Gwynne.

[hugs]

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