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  • I am visiting Adam Chicago in his ivory tower.
    He boils me water and critiques my 'masterpiece.'
    For three years I have been re-writing Homer's Odyssey
    to take place in contemporary America with bicycles
    instead of ships and with anarchists instead of crew.

    So far it's
    mostly terrible.
    He knows it,
    I knows it.

    I see Adam's latest organ.
    I order him to play it. He plays the rain. He plays and it is raining. There is no difference between this man and the weather: they are both grey inside. By grey I mean dense with material. Adam is ashamed when I point out a nice cupola on a house and he doesn't know what it is.

    Cupola is the only word I remember ever having to define for him. Round tower, separate from the rest.

    Monina Chicago is another friend, same city.
    She is in the rain.
    She is grey on the outside,
    but wiggly on the inside.
    Confined to the indoors
    we watch a movie where a squid
    bursts tentacles first
    out from a woman's stomach.

    She's not wiggly on the subway or bus,
    while I fall into folk's laps,
    Monina is a boulder in the rivulets of inertia.
    We see red and gold Chinatown
    with two days of rain
    we don't eat there,
    that's too much plain white rice.
    Grey and wiggly we head North to get South:
    Ethiopian red, yellow, green, brown, cabbage and spiced pumpkin.
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