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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure


When it sank it thundered

Wonderful cries luggage

The dancing bustle of water

Exaggerate shoulder

Nothing for all your trouble but a bruised

Everything takes place

“Good old desk” he said

Deliver us from swivels

Lean outward, I can remember more

beyond this and that

Bands of distracted emotions snap

Your words will be guides

Is your beauty parlor

inquiring after you

You would die first, wouldn’t you

Take off your games of chance

leading with his chin

The earth opens and swallows you

And the lights go out all over

the Flatiron building

which brings me to the part




Note: This poem is composed of lines taken from Bill Berkson's Blue is the Hero (L Publications) and Ted Greenwald's Jumping the Line (Roof Books).


Edmund Berrigan

EDMUND BERRIGAN is the author most recently of Can It (Letter Machine Editions) and We'll All Go Together (Fewer & Further Press).


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