The Basin

Please don't make me go down to the basin.
Down in the basin things are different.
It's hot there, and no music. The girls
are fat, and the phone is sweaty.
The ovens shove out sixty pizzas a day.

Last time I went to the basin I came back
shaking. And I'm a big guy. I get some
regularly. I know how to talk. I don't
dance, duh. But just let me stay here,
here in the neighborhood I know.


Jessy Randall and Daniel M. Shapiro have been collaborating on projects since the 1980s. Their collaborations have appeared in Death Metal Poetry, Many Mountains Moving, McSweeney's, and more.

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