Soul Coughing

Soul Coughing - SCREENWRITER'S BLUES

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Exits to freeways

twisted like knots on

fingers.

Jewels cleaving

skin between

breasts.

Your Cadillac breathes

four hundred horses

over blue lines.

You are going

to Reseda

to make love

to a model

from Ohio

whose real name

you don't

know.

You spin

like the cadillac was

overturning down a cliff

on television.

And the radio is on

and the radioman is speaking

and the radioman says

women were a curse.

So men built Paramount

studios.

And men built Columbia

studios.

And men built

Los Angeles.

It is 5 am

and you are listening

to Los Angeles.

And the radioman says

it is a beautiful night out there!

And the radioman says

Rock and Roll lives!

And the radioman says

it is a beautiful night out there

in Los Angeles.

You live

in Los Angeles

and you are going to

Reseda; we are all

in some way or

another going to

Reseda someday

to die.

And the radioman

laughs because

the radioman fucks

a model too.

Gone savage

for teenagers with

automatic weapons and

boundless love.

Gone savage for

teenagers who are

aesthetically pleasing,

in other words,

fly.

Los Angeles beckons

the teenagers

to come to her

on buses;

Los Angeles loves

love.

It is 5 am

and you are listening

to Los Angeles.

I am going to

Los Angeles

to build a screenplay about

lovers who murder each other.

I am going to

Los Angeles

to see my own name on a

screen, five feet

long and luminous.

As the radioman says

it is 5AM

and the sun has charred

the other side of

the world and come

back to us

and painted the smoke

over our heads

an imperial violet.

It is 5 am

and you are listening

to Los Angeles.

You are listening...

You are listening...

You are listening...

You are listening...

...to Los Angeles.

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