#1
(i am the budapest
anthologist of second thoughts)

some nights you slept
on things you should've said
while i kept American breweries afloat,
(singlehandedly) with our rent money.
with nothing but
my insolence and impermanence -
my impotence for company,
some righteous, unearned fury,
while an oil-painted farmer's daughter
would try desperately
to ease her blanket insecurities,
make some sort of love to me.
i would watch the sky darkening
through her windows
and in the morning -
eat her toast and drink her coffee
leave her your phone number
on an old napkin

some nights i slept
on things you should've said
like an old mattress
useless and indented
with the shape of the people
we should have been;
on those nights,
i do not know where you went -
but i can only imagine
it was somewhere loud and ugly
a place that i would've hated
with lights on the windows
or no windows at all -
#2
Sounds very Lou Reed-y to me for some reason. I like it.
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#4
Best thing I've read all week.
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#5
months, for me.
the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn


#6
oh god yes!!!!! the poetry gods are ****ing salivating
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#7
Wonderful writing. I loved the internal word schemes, as always, and the way everything linked together into one fluid picture. It's always been hard for me to do that, to maintain something whilst still being poetic. It often just turns into an incomprehensible mess, awash with incoherent ideas and analogies I like. But this was so precise and consistent.

The first section was particularly superb. I haven't read you in a few months (well, at least it feels like that) and it was a shock to the system, as if it was my first time all over again. I missed the way you dealt with the words in your brain and the way you collected them together. I missed the sneaky rhyming the most. The sleeping metaphor was just so perfect. It's one of those things that I wish I came up with. I hate you for it, ya know?

I'm still trying to get my head around the "oil painting" bit. Would you care to elaborate? I understand if you don't want to. Some people just like to leave their writing as it stands, so I won't be offended if you just thank me for the critique and move on.

Keep it up. You're a decent writer.
#8
Am I the only one who read “i am the” and immediately thought “table”? lol nice piece though, particularly like the bit about breweries and about the matress in the second stanza. keep it up
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#11
oh yeah^ that ending feels perfect. the rhythm and sound are great. Not sold on "singlehandedly" I think it sounds just fine without it. Otherwise, this was vital, for me, right now, and probably for some time.
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#13
I'd suggest cutting:

with nothing but
my insolence and impermanence -
my impotence for company,
some righteous, unearned fury,

too many abstractions too early in the piece-- almost killed it for me. Stick with your visuals; they're working.
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#14
I'm not really a regular on this part of the forum, but I just wanted to say this is one of the best pieces I've seen on here. I tend to be a melody guy so rarely do lyrics bother me too greatly - but I thought this was brilliant.


Anyway yeah, keep up the good work man.
#15
thank you all so much. honestly.
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