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Robert LiptonRob Lipton is currently a poet laureate in Richmond, California. He has published a poetry collection, A Complex Bravery, with Marick Press and his poems have appeared in the publications Echo 681, Interbang, Jacaranda Review, Squaw Valley Review, King Log, Shades of Contradiction, The Texas Observer, Parthenon West, Now Orleans Quarterly, Journal of Human Architecture, White Print Inc., Quillpuddle, Opium Magazine and Red Wheelbarrow. As the founding director of a literary arts center (at Berkeley Art Center) he created an ongoing reading series, programs, workshops, and visiting writers programs. Rob has travelled internationally and has contributed a chapter called “Bearing Witness in the Promised Land” to the non-fiction book Live from Palestine: International and Palestinian Direct Action Against the Israeli Occupation. He works as a spatial epidemiologist.

 

 

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I tell the French Minister as he backhands his mother that his lavish moustache is sub-gallant.
Perhaps more aphrodisiac than Etruscan, the French Minister has attended to the dancing
Wadnolla sisters and the bric brac spattered quay, tuna seiners and the frame-in-frame family
of bottlenose porpoisesssss. We have seen the French Minister practice with the lion tamer
and the preacher talking in snakes and handling poisonous tongues. the French Minister can play
consequential scat piano learned in the Kasbahs of Toledo. With amber embedded elephant teeth,
the French Minister smiles at me, surely, this is a good omen, the French minister has read a book
of disgusting limericks and will sing to me sweetly of denture cream, the French Minister’s caterers
serve lovely canapés and he strains credulity in the copper light, the French minister runs his fingers
through a girl’s hair - at the emergency room, the French minister needs to have stiches for the deep
scratches from his unsolicited ministrations, come with the French minister to the Bauhaus
crematorium, forest indented, blue smoke and ruined eyes. The French minister will crack your lungs,
dig the marrow from your bones, wear your face for Halloween, I will kiss the French minister to death.

 

 

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