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from The 12th Letter by Ford Pier

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First two lines by Jeff Wasserman from “Dead Preppy” by The Dead Preppies, 1983. Last two lines by Doug Colvin from “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World” by The Ramones, 1976.


There’s a dead preppie, dead preppie by the pool
Dead preppie dead preppie he looks so cool
Dead preppie, dead hippie, dead art fag or a punker
Dead serious, is this a joke?

There is a secret place
By the river, in the malls, in the halls in the cellar
The first lap in a race
And time becomes space

And you run home the ten miles home you run home

I don’t know much, I’m unknown
And I’m always lonely unless I’m alone
I’m a fabulist, a little prick and a ham
And all I want in this life is to not be who I am


White, lazy, and ashamed of nothing, young, loud, and snotty
Jerusalem, Rome, and Ayurvayatti
Twin white elephants of my mind and my body
Dead serious, is that a joke?

I wrestle up front to see
By someone’s Big Gulp with Kahlua resting inside the horn
And space recedes into mythology
And I’m so glad I was born
And I’m so glad I was born
And space recedes into mythology

Today your love, tomorrow the world


from The 12th Letter, released September 24, 2021


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Ford Pier Vancouver, British Columbia

Ford: v.t. to cross by wading (Webster)
Pier: n. a disappointed bridge (Joyce)

Ford Pier has a rock band called The Vengeance Trio and a string quartet called Strength Of Materials. There's ten or eleven albums of this stuff, and more on its way. You just watch. ... more


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