documenting the demise of the great american empire from the road (2)

1 Mar

photo: James Reeves

Posted via web from Post-(S)wine-Osterous

we struggled through flagstaff in february
in shirt sleeves and cutoffs with marley on the radio
two feet of snow had fallen on the freeway
and the Karmann Ghia got stuck six times
and six times valeriu got out and pushed like a proletariat swine
with a kent hanging from his lips
we had failed to check the elevation in flagstaff
we thought arizona was arizona no matter what the month
christ valeriu said there’s nothing here but snow
and happy rich people gliding down it
and then like a wonderful twist out of a dickens novel
we hit the stretch of I-40 that swings you downhill
i literally took the machine out of gear and coasted
all the way down to kingman
below sea level
now’s the time for marley
valeriu said and rewinded the home made tape
we had no more than 300 miles left on the Ghia
but we didn’t know that
we didn’t know we’d barely make it through the desert
out to l.a.
and abandon the car on santa monica boulevard
in beverly hills
now’s the time for marley
valeriu screamed above the noise of the motor
in shirtsleeves
in february
of 1991

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2 Responses to “documenting the demise of the great american empire from the road (2)”

  1. Erin O'Brien 01/03/2010 at 9:11 AM #

    I swear you always leave me speechless.

  2. (S)wine 01/03/2010 at 9:20 AM #

    thanks much. this is a series so there’s more coming. i wanna thank the brilliant James Reeves of Kinosport for allowing me to steal his photos.

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