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Michael Cirelli

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Michael Cirelli is the author of several books of poems, including The Grind (Hanging Loose Press, 2013). Cirelli is the executive director of Urban Word NYC, has been a National Poetry Slam finalist, and was featured on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam.

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for Basquiat, Wylie Dufresne, Bob Viscusi, Trish Hicks

We all do the same ol’ same ol’ same. 
(Some don’t.) Basquiat
Dubbed it SAMO©. The buildings made
Of bricks the poems about poetry.
Viscusi said the hyphenated can’t stop yapping
About Nonna, gravy, the
Deep in the Boogie Down—
	the bassinet of the boom bap
	where the trinity is The Treacherous Three,

English is the third language
	behind Bronx and Puerto Rican,
		and I was nervous

because I only speak Catholic school
	and I'm a Red Sox fan.  

I'm just a student of KRS-1, not a son,

on a train fourteen