Original Text: 
Jon Paul Fiorentino, Hello Serotonin (Toronto: Coach House Books, 2004: 27. PS8561 .I65 H45 2004 Robarts Library
        trash in the mind
        trash of the world
        man is half trash
        all trash in the grave
                           --Allen Ginsberg
2and the trash carry gilded cell phones.
3The suits are hooked up for the weekend
4and the revolution is stuck in voice mail.
5The family has half a mind to stay
6and the trash is on the corner six days early.
7Buried in bungalows for the weekend and the television
8carries on until the workweek.
9Home is where the trash is; they are hooked there
10elevated in their cells, cornered there, then
11drawn back to work by a dirge ringtone--something like:
12all trash in the grave ... and so on.


1] A quotation from a poem titled "Mescaline" by Irwin Allen Ginsberg (1926-97), leading poet of the American beat generation. Back to Line
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