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Thursday, July 12, 2012 01:46 pm

downtownpoem #5

while on a roll of downtown drama
consider the then newish bank at 5th &
washington in the good ol’ days of ssu
I was co-teaching with marian levin
writing and movement our class of ten
women met anywhere we moved studied
movement then wrote about it today at
the bank gripping our assignment we
ignored each other attract no attention
one item choose a teller line synchronize
every move of the person two ahead
scratch an ear scratch a bum yawn stare
vacantly shift feet another is to mount the
tall lobby stairs unusually – backward
two step use your imagination – a third
follow a man woman child and walk
or skip like each does all these not in
concert you understand well next thing
we knew we were rounded up evicted the
bank president had called the ssu president
what the hell is going on we were forbidden
to ever return but got some good writing
and insights do you know men usually
walk with legs farther apart than women
and sort of rolling it follows also creative
movement diminishes with age except for
the very old who can be quite inventive


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