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russians at a garage sale

at our annual garage sale this year
all these old couples came walking by

they were from the russian neighborhood
they could barely speak english

they would pick up an iron. “how much?”
“four dollars.” “fifty cents?" “no.”

it was a warm indian summer day
we were all clad in shorts and sunglasses

they would point at the iron, a toaster,
a blender. “all for a dollar?” “no.”

and all the old couples wore raincoats
and scarves wrapped around their heads

they would pick up a wine glass. “how much?”
“twenty-five cents.” “how about ten?”

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Blister and Burn, Janet Kuypers 2007 book the book Oeuvre the 2007 cc&d v171.5 book Living in Chaos, with material from Janet Kuypers the book Moving Performances
the CD Moving Performances The Chaotic Collection 5 Disc CD the CD the Final the CD Questions in a World Without Answers Chaotic Radio Week #03