Fowl, For Jack Bessy

Editor's note: This poem was submitted to Uptown Almanac by Sergio Villanueva, a former rock journalist, who wrote this in response to his friend getting displaced to Oakland.  You can listen to a reading of this on SoundCloud.

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by greed, overstuffed; controlled; clothed,

dragging themselves through the soma streets looking for their private bus,

angel funded techsters yearning for the proper yahoo connections to the buyout dynamo,

who over look poverty and tatters of those who they displace as they sit up high doing molly

who bared their brains to Heaven under the Andreessen and Horwitz and anyone else who would listen

who passed through universities with ease praise and hallucination of their masters

who left academies for crazy & obscene business plans to take to incubators

who cowered in unshaven computer rooms, burning others money in wastebaskets and calculating soft landings

who got busted being - sexists - bigots - classists - homophobes - through posts on the internet

who sank all night from the attacks back of and through their fugazzis in return a simple apology to make things better

a lost battalion of platonic conservatives jumping down on what this city was made from

who vanished into nowhere Midwest leaving a trail of plaid shirts and brightly colored wayfarers

who thought they were only mad when there wasn't more work to be done

who lounged hungry and lonesome because okcupid had failed to seek sex or jazz or soup

who burned cigarette holes in tax law protesting democracy in a haze of championing capitalism

who distributed flyers in union square weeping and begging for you to try their app

who bit detectives in the neck and shrieked with delight for committing no crime as they see other than a little disruption

who let themselves be fucked in the ass by saintly funders as they screamed with joy,

who offended the snatches of a million girls trembling in the sunset from harassment; to the body ideals of a video game generation

who ate lamb stew, and digested the finest crab mission chinese had to offer.

who wept at the romance that is bad hot dogs, and even worst dub

who sat in open workspaces under bright lights as all co-workers watched each other

who coded all night rocking and rolling over the millions that are sure to come

who cut their wrists three times successively unsuccessfully, gave up and were forced to actually go through and do a lay off

who barreled down the highway in their newly leased bmws knowing that it can’t last forever

who demanded sanity trials accusing anyone who doesn’t think progress is good

ah, Jack, while you are safe I am not safe.

the madman who beats the angel unknown,

yet putting down here what might be the death to my life with the absolute heart of which I have butchered this poem.

Comments (17)

Cry me a river.

“Displaced to Oakland…” You make it sound like the gulag.

Also, even by Beat standards this is crap poetry.

As far as contemporary poetry goes, it’s not bad.

But “displaced to Oakland” is a thoroughly first world problem.

Awesome poem!
And fuck all the techie trolls who haunt this site whining otherwise.

Occupy the Norton Anthology, webelo.

Just look at you!
Like a douchebag butthurt moth to a flame, here you come, flittering into view and bumping your stupid head and your broken angry antennae.

How’s that ESL class going? I know it can be frustrating but keep at it!

Oh, you mean the one your Mom’s taking in hopes of improving her ability to speak intelligibly with my dick in her mouth? Pretty good, thanks. She and I both really appreciate your encouragement.

um, touche?

yeah, you heard me fuckslime.

I’m sorry your friend had to move, but grouping together all 300,000+ people working in tech in this area as “sexists - bigots - classists - homophobes” is just ignorant

no wonder Oakland refers to us as the west bay. boo fucking hoo.

What a cry baby. Go out and make your own living you twat and stop whining how others make theirs.

it’s a good poem. glad to see it here.

There is an undeniable dark energy about town these days. Also, how great is Howl? Whenever I walk through the financial district I think about “Moloch whose eyes are a thousand blind windows!”