Mike Crossley

Mike Crossley lives in Los Angeles where he works as a computer technician. Selected publications include Bayou Magazine, Hobart, Apogee, Columbia Poetry Review and The Atlas Review. He’s currently recording his first album.

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Pioneers eating canned vegetables by the fire

Our great grandsons invoke Piru

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Under these delicate circumstances

There’s no need to shake hands

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& tuck money into an Altoids tin

Police stings occur times like now

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Whole game is messed up

The Black Diamond w/ tattoos on his chest

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reps Rollin 20s Crip

& taught lil homie how to bang

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Where You From

Who the enemies were

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Under these delicate circumstances

each generation chances for something new:

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A single dad buying diaper 12-packs

Just yesterday it was 1995

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He names his daughter Persephone

& the kids tease: her hair is nappy

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& the kids tease: her skin is too dark

pppppp& what kinna name is Persephone

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