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from night owls by varsity drag



* poem by Joseph Lease, from his book "The Room," Alef Books, New York. Used by permission of the author.

(The poem also appears in his book "Human Rights," 1998, Zoland Books, Cambridge MA.)


Hammer (by Joseph Lease)

Snow, rain, sun, nails.
Your hometown called sleep.
Your house in the sun
Shall have black cloth walls.
You wear black day after day,
Mourning the house.
Broken, fateful, cold
Snow, rain, sun, nails.
What you fear came true
Years ago.
Families fill and empty.
The house you build,
The lead sun.
Snow falling straight down
On graphite-colored water,
Yellow slick leaves, concrete.
Gaze: one smile that
Hides nothing,
Promises nothing.
Families empty and fill.


from night owls, track released November 15, 2009
Performed and recorded by ben deily in the gray street basement studio.


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