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The Steel Rippers

Patricia Carlin
That cheapster chopper 
jumps out of a pit of umbrage 
next to Janie McMama, who sang basso profundo 
on The Sopranos. The Steel Rippers 
are welding and weeding, 
and out of needs-must-be the outragified loser 
bores down and down to the angry sea 
under which is another angrier sea 
with the first Janie McMadagain McMama 
shoring it up, and another couple of Steel Rippers 
with a single swollen shark 
with which they shark and shark—

From Quantum Jitters, copyright © 2009 by Patricia Carlin. Used by permission of Marsh Hawk Press

Patricia Carlin