america's junk bonds
by Maureen Kingston

we’ve surrendered the lone wolf / the tinkerer / the hippie /

& his fiction of no relations in the act of creation / traded him

for the niche club / her password-protected milieu / her word-

of-mouth cachet / no longer a case of who’s who / or the home-

town clan / but a shifting clique / an online speakeasy

with the most like-hits / a soft bully / hipster-pulpit / playing the

same note again & again / vote-for-me / vote-for-me / vote-for-me /

& the audience / all hand-picked faces from her exclusive

friends book / lovers by association / lovers of association / longing

to link up / to be recognized / monetized / properly pimped out

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