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Poetry #23
(published January 18, 2001)
House of Correction
by Joe Boland

We grew up down the road from prison,
my brother and I, and Prison stayed with us. He

got an iron lung: life sentence,
But time off
For good behavior. Me,

I just got Life, stepping on my own dick in perpetuity

Tripping over it to pick up
the nickel I give away
-next block-

to the past or future
convict cantoring,

"Change for food,
change for food,
-thank-you, Handsome-
change for food."

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