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Wednesday, October 17, 2007


by Fred Longworth

When the President said,
"Support our tropes,"

America’s dumbest poets
grabbed red wheelbarrows

& began pushing, certain
that in the pans, beneath

a ragged layer of sand, lay
good Christian democracy.

Klutzy me! My wheel
barrow tipped on its side:

Under a thin crust of bullshit,
a heavy body bag.

Fred Longworth restores vintage audio components for a living. His poetry has been published in California Quarterly, Stirring, The Pacific Review, Pearl, and many others.