Luby's Cafeteria, Killeen, Tx

Original Text: 

Staging Foreign Language Learning (Hildesheim: Impressum, 2003): 32. http://3020.nibis.de/common/uploads_files/00Portrait_Of_A_Lady_en.pdf

2evidence he was a loner you know the sort of guy we all
3know the sort of guy that's why we don't walk the night
4streets nobody stopped to say oh maybe I'll be gunned
5down if I eat there
6thanks anyhow I'll take a bagged lunch to work thanks
8nuts crazy wacko women are basically safe he just lost it
9he wanted to make a statement (on the bodies of women)
10I am covered in graffiti footprints of fear and blood and
11what it's like to live hunted
12it's true we've gone places into boardrooms into factories
13into nurseries with your children into engineering depart-
14ments into cafeterias but one woman with red hair was
15raising a blueberry muffin to her lips and another was
16sipping coffee with extra sugar she didn't like milk

Notes

1] Luby's Cafeteria, Killeen, Tx: George Hennard drove his Fort Ranger truck through the front windows of a Luby's cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, on October 6, 1991. He shot 23 people, most of them women, before committing suicide. Back to Line
7] give me the willies: make me nervous. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2013
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