Power Out(R)age by Jay Passer

living in the hotel
it’s not like gay Paree
or Constantinople in the 20s
except for when the lights go out
not like being bombed
shellacked from the sky
critters scurrying
in any case
they got a bicycle connected to the generator
to fork out the headlines
along with the morning Nescafe
well
it’s not like that
these are modern times verging on real live
Futurism
I just get pissed off
grab the cell phone
turn on the flashlight app and commence
to put the finishing touches on my manifesto on how to burn it all down
and when
and why
instructions via hot-wired literati
it’s not like I need a candle
I’m not taking a bath
nobody fucking died

Jay Passer's work was first published in Caliban magazine in 1988. He lives in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, the city of his birth.

Jay Passer’s work was first published in Caliban magazine in 1988. He lives in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, the city of his birth.

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