Two Poems • Erren Geraud Kelly

Champaign - Urbana, Illinois

this town is a john cougar
song coming to life
midwesterners are clannish
and they don't like outsiders
and they don't care if
nobody likes them
they drink pop, not soda
"no coke, pepsi..."
and they love football as much
as southerners do
a couple of amish men
watch me as i write this
our worlds apart in more ways than


South Street, Philadelphia PA

every time i ride through a
i see the ghettos

the perfect reminders of capitalism
in amerca

so many lives placed together
row to row

the problem with capitalism
is that in order to have rich people
you gotta have poor people

the palace wouldn't exist
if someone didn't make
the concrete and build it