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The RDP Poems: Page 11 of 52

Body: 
you stored his scent                                                                                                                      
you stored his word
you were so good
 
You were so chosen
to browse
to feel around the glass                                                      
cabinet
to even caress
Kwame Nkrumah's head
brought back from
the frontier
of some conference
in Accra
 
And now
beautiful Zelda?
What are we to do
now that they
are everywhere
and the outside
and the inside are
confused
whose heel
 
whose desk are we
to spread by
now that the cabinet-shards
hurt
and the slide-rules have
been eaten?
Now that the corridor
is filled with the dead
the living
the unborn?
How do we
exercise
our basest needs?
20
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Description: 
Portions of this work appeared in New Coin, New Nation and in the case of their musical setting "Times of Deliverance"|"RapCrapDidSo" in the sleeve-notes of "Durban Noiseworks" by Jurgen Brauninger and "Cantata" by Dan Wyman. "Bombing Iraq" has allusions to two tunes by Louis Armstrong and Gilbert and Sullivan.