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american child
(excerpt)
by American Poet normal

i am the child of america
the sierra madres are bleeding
i am america
the mad & the magnate marry
the factory wolf howls
i am america
the mantra rumbles with the kinds & the cripples.

[...]

i am america
the soup kitchens are swarming
porno talkshows & paparazzi have passioned the brain
buddha in the suburbs --- crack on the plains
& the breakfast of champions has gone insane
& the angels are hunkered up in the whorehouse
of the honkytonk queen.

i am the american dream
i am astrology
i am the burning ghat carrying the ghost of mark twain
down the flowers of the mississippi
mama's in the diner
the hobo's on the cross
let freedom ring
from the sand of sams club to the halls of home depot
to the lines of burger king.

[...]

i am brooklyn
i am el dorado
i am electric chair
i am the chairman
    home run
    atomic waste dump
    ellis island
i am joe dimaggio
i am thomas jefferson.

death to the capitalist
death to the communist
    the anarchist
    the antichrist
    the atheist.

[...]

i am beauty
i am invention
i am wonder
i am the united fruit company
i am promontory point pikes peak & mai lie
i am the glory
i am the savior
i am the black tide of acid sky

i am the child of america.

i am humanity
i am fool
i am genius

i am the child of america.

i am the kind of heaven & of hell
i am the ballad of the last romance
i am the arithmetic eyes of the bureaucrat robot

i am the child of america.

i am the feral infant dancing on the freakstage
of the final sunset

i am the child of america.

labor day/2000


SOURCE: The Long Way Home: The Best of the LITTLE RED BOOK
Series (1998-2008),
Edited by RD Armstrong, The Lummox Press,
California, USA, 2009.
normal

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Raised in post-war, then
textile mill town, Passaic,
New Jersey, normal is an
American poet and retired
registered nurse living in
Saugerties, New York.

As a young poet
(1962-1964), he began
reading his poetry at Rafio
Cafe in Greenwich Village
among Beat poets and
writers.

American poets and writers
who influenced his poetic
sensibilities include Henry
Miller (1891-1980), Kurt
Vonnegut (1922-2007), and
e.e. cummings (1894-1962)
whose use of low-case
letters he emulates.

Beginning in 1992, Normal
began submitting his poetry
to several magazines,
launching 450-500 poems
into the world.

He published two
chapbooks and a book of
poetry with the Lummox
Press (California/USA):
~ Blood on the Floor (1999);
~ American Child (2001); &
~ I See Hunger's Children:
Selected Poems
1962-2012
(2013).

normal’s “style” is that of a “wailer”… I have always
been struck by his ability to capture a moment, be it the
moment of calm on the morning before the jets flew into
the WTC (An Hour Before) or the friendship between two
steel workers (At the End of the Beam)… normal picks up
something of no seeming importance and sees the whole
of humanity, struggling forward towards some unknown
destination.
RD ARMSTRONG, LUMMOX PRESS, MARCH 25, 2013, FROM HIS
INTRODUCTION TO
I SEE HUNGER'S CHILDREN - SELECTED POEMS 1962-
2012
BY NORMAL.

normal is the voice of the homeless, the victimized, the
disaffected and the disturbed. These are poems born of
the street, of the vagabond heart, the true restless
American spirit that Whitman spoke of when he heard
America singing. Too often, now, we hear of singing like
the dolphins in an Eliot poem, who do not sing for us.  
normal sings for us, that is, to the poet in us all and we
should listen.
ALAN CATLIN, POET, ON I SEE HUNGER'S CHILDREN, FROM LUMMOX
PRESS.
Front Cover - I See Hunger's Children: Selected Poems 1962-2012 by normal

I SEE HUNGER'S CHILDREN
SELECTED POEMS
1962-2012
BY
normal
LUMMOX PRESS / USA
2013