Sarah J. Sloats Comments
so, whats it like living in Germany
They say after a week in a foreign country you can describe it with precision. After a year or so, you dont know what to say anymore. Since I donít know where to start when this question comes at me, the poem is a kind of response. It pivots in part around a WWII joke about an American pilot taken prisoner by the Germans. They subject him to a torture in which he should say tick-tock tick-tock until he spills the beans, but he will only say tick. In frustration, the chief torturer says, Ve haf vays to make you tock! And they do.
From Train 21
One of my favorite Beatles songs is Baby Youre a Rich Man, which is two unfinished songs stuck together. This poem also began as two separate poems that didnít work for two different reasons; mixing parts of them together seemed to.
This poem was inspired by Frankfurts main train station, most of it grungy.
The Persians Reach
The body, longing, and time.
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