ARE YOU COMING TO MY PARTY? IT’S IN SILVERLAKE, BUT WHATEVER by Nathan Price

October 5, 2015

I’m going to throw a Mardi Gras
party for Bastille Day in your honor,
but I may not be able to invite you.
Let’s have a conversation about it.
Instead of appetizers, we’re going to

smash toy trucks and planes about
like an authentic industrial apocalypse
of renaissances. It won’t be boring
and it won’t last very long, but
I still doubt it fits into your plans.

As the night ages tough and sour
and the core of it starts to droop
like cheese unfettered by language,
we will play a series of games
to maintain a cohesive identity.

I hope this is an appealing proposal.
Is this a bad time to ask?
We need to choose who we’re going to be.
It’d be nice to know before everybody hugs
and starts singing Professor Longhair tunes,

because before you know it the haze will
be tangy like a game of chess against the
morning banging around in between the ears.
Tipitina! Li’l mama knows whashe wantsa do…
And now it’s too late to decide. Sorry.

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Nathan Price is working off his apparent debt to Satan as an online-marketing manager in LA. He attended Oberlin and UCLA and has been published in Miller’s Pond and Rosebud. He also plays 12 instruments and accidentally wrote some of the worst jokes in the first Sharknado moviefilm.

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