Monday, May 31, 2010

Goodsh*t: Pimp My Ride





Pimp My Ride

by Jennifer L. Knox.

Probability, like time, is its own dimension.
The ’86 Chevy Suburban laced by rust,
pocked with bird poop, antenna wiggling
in its Bondo-clogged hole is only one way
the story begins. In another, we never
bought the blue behemoth—we bought
a ’63 Oldsmobile from a lady named Dolores.
In another, Dolores drove into a tree before we
were ever even born; in another, we owned a house
with a garage that kept the rain off, the rust out,
and the paint nice; in another, it was all mine,
we’d never met; in another, yours and someone else’s.
Likewise after the ride is pimped—metallic flames
in red and pink unzipping across its sparkly black
body, blitz of chrome, titanium woofers, enough
silver satin inside to line nine caskets—this
is only one story: another’s bright white
and blinds like an elephant made of sunspots;
another’s plantain-green and full of gold;
another’s purple with a sink in the back,
where we’re arguing; in the back of another, high
and high-fiving; in another, going at it
like two teens made of monster truck tires.
As they say, if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, but I say let's up the ante! If you can make it in The New Yorker magazine you can make it anywhere! To my dear friend Jennifer L. Knox, you're the shit and this was so very much deserved! Congratulations!!!!!!! (And enjoy some wonderful covers from years past while you're at it! Can you spot the Saul Steinberg??)







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Miriam said...

love these old covers!! and congratulations you ur friend