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  • Keith Banner

Estate

just let me drive into

this little stupid

textbook heaven where


everything is immortal

and not, burnished into its own little myth

xrayed outside of itself


dolled up

with chemicals and

paint, a side glance into


what doesn't matter

it suddenly matters

then it goes, it bleeds away


you know

the history but then you don't

amnesia is just as easy


deny what you see and then

it becomes the only thing you can

see


the shaky semblence of

abstract notions like

pledges and contracts and


leases

close your eyes

rub your eyelids


flashes of colors like

one of those xmas

tree color wheels


like a rainbow flag

in 1976

you dream of cities


and sleep inside

the dreams

of beautiful cows


america is a

stop sign

having an epileptic seizure


that's

about

it


("Estate," Robert Rauschenberg,1963, oil and silkscreen ink on canvas)



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