Author Archives: Paulie Lipman

About Paulie Lipman

Paulie Lipman is a Jewish/queer/writer/poet/music composer out of Denver, CO. He is perpetually on tour/learning/investigating/self-editing/and of course thinking he’s going to finish his novel. He hopes to prove himself wrong and right about many of these things.

Two Poems – Paulie Lipman

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40 WITHOUT A COMPASS

I am
nothing I thought
I’d ever be
by now

40
should be
latest/shiniest
sign post along
the horizon/waiting
to be conquered
Blazing neon across
a field/denuded of trees
Urging me
bright eyed/marching
onto Death/Future

The path
forward/back
carved for me
Outline/definite
bereft of footnotes
Sunlit/no shadow
unbent arrow/flashfired
away from the trees

My 40
confused/schemeless
rambling/fuckit/curious
what lay beyond
the pines/umbra
I’ve never done
daylight/instruction
Every question
risen in my skin, magnetic
rebel crookedstep into
the forest

I don’t know
the vocabulary
of this place yet
Couldn’t give you
lay of the land

have not found
the science/can’t
map the wildwood
until you burn it down

The quiet
startling for
those who’ve
known only concrete
First instinct is alarm
no landmarks/traffic
guiding light/exit
no way out but further in
too many eyes behind
the pines/wind hides
the hollers
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SOMETIMES THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL REALLY IS A BIG FUCKING TRAIN

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Woke up with my mouth on the rail again
A minute’s more sleep and the train would’ve
curbstomped me into oblivion, my
scattered teeth a star show
for the tunnel rats
 
We are all a second
and centimeter away
from being art
 
Bathroom graffiti
has not changed
but the work ethic is now
stronger, as it takes
far more effort to
drunkenly scrawl an email
than a phone number
 
Being an artist
does not make you
good
 
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Three Poems – Paulie Lipman

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Ghetto

Ghetto
despite the dictionary
means forced confinement
and deprived the means to escape

In Hebrew School
I learned its original definition 
was: living area
for Jews in Europe
after the diaspora

Ghettos 
housed Jews
no/wait
houses 
are for humans
Jews were kenneled
You kennel 
a pack of dogs

See: Warsaw
See: Reservation
See: Internment

Ghetto
Instilled American Speech
1. noun
Area containing certain ethnic groups
defined by institutionalized poverty
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