We live in cities | You’ve never heard their names | Demographic | Demographic 1, 2, 3 | In our millions | a hundred jewels of small fires | to go round | Demographic | Demographic 1, 2, 3 | We die in hospitals | slowly | across the years | Flyovers | Subways | Lift-shafts | Highways | Demographic | Demographic 1, 2, 3, 4 | We are not | waiting for you | In our millions | shadow gathering | Demographic | Demographic 1, 2, 3, 4 | We live in cities | with different reasons | for war | and different | figures moving in our dreams | weed fronds | waving to and fro | in dark bays | below busy shipping lanes | to the rulers’ drives | of dirty tides | Demographic | Demographic 1, 2, 3, 4 | We live in tower blocks | contract diseases | with ancient names | You’ve never heard their voices | We live in cities | Demographic | Demographic 1, 2, 3 | We run in gangs | We speak in tongues | you don’t know | exist | Makes of cars | sweet wrappers | trucks at lights | scripts you can’t decipher | Demographic | We make new sounds | when we make love | new sounds | old sounds | Demographic | Demographic 1, 2, 3 | We drift through streets | under polluted trees | We stand in doorways | sweat in summer | and in winter | we freeze | Demographic | Demographic | Demographic 1, 2, 3 4 | We mound like sugar | beet and like | cabbages | we rest quiet | like medicine balls | in nocturnal gymnasiums | We grow | like crops | like crops | we are sown | and harvested | Demographic | We collect in crowds and from crowds | when the time comes | we slip away | Demographic | Demographic | We watch planes go over | We work in shops | and bars | factories | offices | we cross dusty | streets in summer, and in winter | we cross | streets piled with snow | Demographic | We gather to wed | we gather to mourn | Demographic | We drift out into yards | the corners of chain-link fences | the Red Room’s windows | the garage door | we follow foreign stars | on Twitter | we follow local parades | Demographic | We smoke cheap cigarettes | and watch the trains leave | Demographic | Demographic 1, 2, 3, 4 | We live in cities | You’ve never heard their names | Others go before us | and after us | others come | Demographic | Demographic 1, 2, 3, 4 | We are alive | in our millions | a handful of small fires | to go round | You’ve never heard our names | Demographic | Demographic 1, 2, 3, 4 | 5

 



from the series method | dry conditions
(on-going sequence of poems, commenced 2012:
this poem, July 2014)

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