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Here’s a public domain photo recently highlighted on Shorpy, one of my favorite blogs:

Atlantic City circa 1905

And here is my poem about it, in something very similar to, if not precisely, unrhymed iambic pentameter.


These assholes lived a hundred years ago
in Jersey. These assholes are the asshole great-
great-grandparents (maybe just great) of the assholes
who almost run me down on foot each day,
their right to catch the goddam train more urgent
than mine to any part of the sidewalk between
Penn Station and themselves. Whatever.  These
are the commuter great-great-great-great grandparents
of the commuter assholes who live in Jersey and the Outer
Buroughs and the Isle of Long today. Let’s
look at these dead assholes. These fucking assholes.


Thank you.