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The American Gangster


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What a relief

in this gray afternoon

when I’m still in my robe

watching

the cast of bad guys

who are only bad

and come with

a mute button

where killings

are matched to

disappointment

and the audience can watch

or not

and there’s no young man

who no one knows

invading a school

shooting every little

first grade body

beyond recognition

And then weaseling out

with one bullet for himself

Give me the bad guys

who are only bad

because it’s a movie

and I won’t be shredded

at the end

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