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TIME TO TAKE THE GLOBAL CAPITALISM APTITUDE TEST

[T/F] You ride horses because you like to be outside

You often feel competitive

  1. when you see a great pair of shoes
  2. when playing games that are fun to other people
  3. when friends describe their travel experiences
  4. when other people’s children receive awards

You think the police officer

  1. should not have asked Sandra Bland to put out her cigarette.
  2. should not have pulled Sandra Bland from her car for not putting out her cigarette.
  3. should not have pulled over Sandra Bland.
  4. should not have asked Sandra Bland why she was agitated.

You wait in line [  ] hours to vote

You own

  1. zero homes/apartments.
  2. one home/apartment.
  3. two homes/apartments.
  4. one apartment and one country home.

Every day you drink

  1. water from one plastic bottle.
  2. water from two or more plastic bottles.
  3. soda from one plastic bottle.
  4. soda from two or more plastic bottles.

You read reviews on your phone standing [inside, outside] a particular restaurant

All of your overall parenting strategies results in

  1. buying something.
  2. taking something away.
  3. using a device.
  4. inwardly soothing yourself and using a talking point from a book.

You [do, don’t] watch CNN every day and think it should be turned [louder, off] at airports

You are afraid of or uncomfortable around

  1. terrorists
  2. white people
  3. activists
  4. teachers

Doctors are

  1. always looking out for your best interests
  2. running tests to bill insurance companies
  3. writing scripts for prescription drugs too much
  4. misdiagnosing patience because they spend very little time with them

It is quite possible

  1. avoiding corporations is unavoidable
  2. nuclear warfare is unavoidable
  3. fascism is rapidly spreading
  4. the earth is full of plastic

You are close to your family because

  1. no I’m not
  2. you will one day give them money
  3. you have already given them money
  4. you support each other as best you can

[T/F] You buy products that claim to be natural

[T/F] You had a teacher whose multiple choice test answers were always ACDC

 

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MINDS OF THE CONTINENTS MEET UNDER THE STAIRWELL

Poetry is the center of the universe

The higher power does not mind this

Everything has changed pão de queijo has Passover clearance

Do you think of the ocean as the sea or the ocean

as the place of science or the place of love

When I listen to Noam Chomsky I run faster than ever

I exercised away my back pain into heartache

How many times do I have to ask

why do beautiful women fuck up their faces with make up

Never giving up poetry

Is she going to fidget her whole life

or deal with her childhood trauma

The body will think of something

I dreamed your dream for you

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HIGH RISES ARE COMING BECAUSE THEY ARE HERE

There is always what happens and the understanding of what happened

Remember when granola bars used to come in pairs

We were looking at pictures on your phone

 

I am so relieved there is a place I can look up people’s names

I tell myself try not to get too excited

Talking or not talking it doesn’t matter

 

The first ever photo of a black hole

was like looking into your eyes

was like telling you something texting you something asking you something

A place where all things end

The strongest sense

 

The city breathes through me

I am a shell of its noise a character on its bridges

Coming apart jack hammer headed to the shop

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HANGING OUT IN THE NICU WITH ALL MY FRIENDS

Recycling was left off for militarism

Books were glued in mountain cabins

I know you by your blurbs

Sometimes when I’m waiting

I look up people’s shoes online

It’s a way to avoid my feelings

A trance of sadness is like any spring

and I’m tired of being flayed by spring each year

In anger I’m all in

a real person

holding the broom afraid of myself

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WHY ARE DISPARITIES IN HEIGHT SO FUNNY

If I had a garden would I have too much or not enough

Yellow bowl for the small bugs

My neighbors yell at each other

Looking for a new apartment in secret

After Spanish comes Portuguese

Are you not Confucian?

The nutritionist says on her coffee days

she boils mushrooms and calls that coffee

Worried about my bones

A panic on the subway

I know you by your ribs

I knew you needed a hug but I was too hungry to give it

Why bother planning anything

I’ll be on my period for the rest of my life

The mine of sharing

Everyone says my teacher even though she teaches all of us

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A COMPAINT THAT CAN BE CURED

This desk has been on my to do list for at least ten years

My teacher said she only writes done lists

and if you really wanted to do something you’d do it

I have joined the resistance 

and we have all said we’ll forget by Thursday

Military brat means what 

I held your hand

you pressed the button and it lit up like a remembrance

Aren’t we lucky we can take the stairs

When you let go I worry I somehow failed

All the time I spent arguing with my father

I never changed his mind

Why can’t you be an Eisenhower republican I screamed

At least something that makes sort of sense

After screaming comes empathy

but in my family surprise death comes before that


 

 

 

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APPLY FOR A JOB AT THE FAA! THERE ARE NO QUALIFICATIONS OR OVERSIGHT!

Erasing warfare from consciousness

Not even points in a document called bullets

Not even dressing my sons in camo

My teacher said the world or at least New York City

is a mud pile and we’re all crawling and killing

The battle of togetherness

But really the world is an amphitheater of preschool

some take some ask

and some of us say why would we modernize ground cruise missiles?

GLCM of my memory

My father in the middle of all the photos

Everyone in the same uniform

I am always in the back of wherever

Electing myself

Duality the easy Sicily

My father in the silo

or standing with me on the ferry deck

inching toward Rome

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WHO ARE THE DOCTORS STARTING FOOD COMPANIES AND HOW CAN I GET THEIR MEDICAL ATTENTION

My fallback character during improv

is a rageaholic who can’t fix anything

When he said high school was fun

the only parts described were breaks

Could you home school your children

Could you say it’s time for our science experiments

and they would listen to you

I’m remodeling our apartment in my mind

and the new space will sooth you

I am the goddess of eating your anxiety

and for my inner child cup after cup of tea

Visualizations every week are making all the difference

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SHOUTING IN THE EAR OF DIONYSIUS ABOUT YOUR TAMPON APPLICATOR

A teacher once challenged me to sit still for an entire hour

This is what it is to understand childhood trauma
how it jitters in muscles

Why did Hades use horses

The horticulturist’s trick is to leave evidence of cuttings
so people respect the plants

We cut the grasses so low all the dog pee fell off

I knew as soon as we rang her doorbell we shouldn’t have come
but I really wanted to see my teacher at home on a Saturday

The palimpsest where I live once a cardboard factory
once a bullet factory H.D. was right

How did it make sense to put it under ground
where I sit next to people reading books I’ve read

If this place were covered in snow it wouldn’t hurt so much to fall
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I REPLACED RAGE WITH PODCASTS

Texting Dan in Spanish

What could go wrong I have boots on

One feeling bumps into another

The first time I saw a snake and I ran for help but help wasn’t there

After wash day we’d press napkins for the following week

Last summer’s sand fiddler diving into water

I am no stranger to finding food in my bag

You think about your life’s work too much

This is really good I’ll read it now I’ll read it later

These days I can do no wrong

Taking my kids somewhere is a kind of anxiety

Picking all my self-forgiveness off the floor tucking it in my shirt

Soon those dumb father-obsessed ladies will have soup

Architecture of place settings

Upon uncovering my anger I may have found unlimited fear

Bucket of water sweeping cars going by

Mexico City sounds just like that
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YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO SIT WITH ME BY THE BIG YELLOW RADIATOR

I tell my capitalism please don’t speak so loudly in such a small space

Form is important because it’s a poem

I left my hat at her house in Denver I couldn’t drive away fast enough
I never drive fast but I wanted to
I wanted to say if you keep talking like that they’ll never give your daughter back
Although the day was cold my car was hot inside because of the sun and mountains

No matter how much chalk you swallow you’ll never be soft

I’ve lost so many friends my whole life
because I moved around so much
because people leave New York so much

Tucked in a sleeping bag calling it self comfort

I wonder what the police talk about when they smile