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Sunday News with Asterisk Big SUVs stare at me from the paper
threatening to leap of the page
and the words the type
bold as a megaphone sounding in the plane of paper
and below, these words:
Air conditioning, soft top, tilt steering with speed control, AM/FM radio. Gauge group, tachometer, floor mats, 2.5 liter engine, 5 speed transmission, high back bucket seats, folding rear seat, rear carpet, cargo net, power steering, power brakes, soft top. Convenience Group and Console and much more.Elaboration
communication communication communication.
And the price?
(** just add tax a friendly little recipe/injunction
like "season to taste" or "all you need to add is
Comparatively cheap; the pictures below,
looming in their black and white military formidableness, begin to grow: $24,680**
and the like;
even the asterisks are inflated,
and the ones off the page other makes
from other dealers, climb even higher,
rising up to the heart, the brain,
the death squads in El Salvador used these things
before they became known as SUVs
(so ominously right, that seemed to me at the time,
given their spectral violence and air of command hidden by
fancy paint jobs and colorful names.)
And the death squads in Guatemala?
In Honduras Colombia Argentina Brazil?
What expensive vehicles did they use?
What are they using now?
Something with air conditioning, tilt steering with speed control,
Folding rear seat and rear carpet (easily cleaned)?
Optional CD players now a must?
Ce vaste enfer qui cerne leur miniscule ciel privé leur est interdit. Au-delà des frontières du privilège, sétend une zone de terreur où les gens sont nombreux, laids, sales et dangereux. A lâge de la globalisation, les enfants riches nappartiennent à nulle part. Ils grandissent sans racines, dépouillés didentité nationale, avec, en guise de sens social, la certitude que la réalité est une menace. Leur patrice sont les marques de prestige universal
Eduardo Galeano, "La guerre aux pauvres," Le Monde Diplomatique, August 1996. Want more info?
Just travel to the bottom of the page
where the following useful codes can be found:
(248) 889-8989 www.rosejeep.com
Near these handy ciphers, a box headed NO NONSENSE DISCLAIMER
*** Governments not responsible for the crimes of their agents or allies.
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YOU MAY ALREADY BE A WINNER
along with its usual quota of overdue bills,
brought a letter from the IMF.
My wife thought it was another one of those
credit card solicitations at first
("YOU MAY ALREADY BE PREAPPROVED")
or maybe Ed McMahon;
"No," I told her, "look at that signature,
some French guy.
And look at the amount!"
She just about died when she saw it: TEN BILLION DOLLARS deposited to our account.
(Still a bit unclear as to how much of it
we can actually
but its enough to pay off our bills
[plus a thousand years of compound interest].)
All we have to do
is agree to a few simple Reforms:
1.Starve the children
2. Sell everything we own
3. Discard my white shirts and ties and
don once colorful native rags
4. Learn to make creative use of
second-hand sheet metal
5. Play vibrant music
born from the depths of
(human spirit ever triumphant) poverty and
6. Maintain strict discipline
("Rubber bullets to arrive in the next mail,
has already filed its
and the sound of wailing has
|©1998 Greg Farnum
As Greg tells us: I was copyrighted in Detroit, Michigan, in 1949, and grew up there and in surrounding communities, spending my high school years in Dearborn, a town which figures in Celine's Journey to the End of Night. Several years followed of army, university and dead end jobs (office boy, soil tester, ice cream man, junk mail peddler, etc.) before I got married and gained a white collar skill (technical writing) to support my family. I've been writing for several years...poetry, fiction, plays...and am now beginning to be read, a fact for which I am both delighted and grateful. My short stories appear in the 1998 Italian anthology UOMINI E VIZI; a collection of my stories is scheduled to be brought out in Italy in 1999, and I've just completed a novel entitled The Event.
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