Corner of 19th Avenue and 78th Street (Brooklyn) by John Grochalski

american flags
hang like cheap propaganda
from the big homes of champion philistines

as construction workers
tell tit jokes to the honking cars
in rush hour traffic

under the threat of rain
the spring sky smells like
smog and a vegetal death

as an obese pigeon shits
impressively on my shoulder and chin

all for good luck
i’ll later be told.

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John Grochalski is the author of The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010), In The Year of Everything Dying (Camel Saloon, 2012), Starting with the Last Name Grochalski (Coleridge Street Books, 2014), the novel, The Librarian (Six Gallery Press 2013), and the forthcoming novel, The Wine Clerk (Six Gallery Press 2016). Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, in the section that doesn’t have the bike sharing program.
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