A fetishism of memory

You remember fingertips in the river
reach of revelation
regard of the swollen city
The derivation of Detroit

Back-beat bass bellows
silky vocals: Berry Gordy
Diana Ross, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye

Chickenheads with herringbone
chains and ashy knees and
bony elbows like John Sally
wearing jeans sagging below
their g-strings
Thuggish boyfriends
drink 40s on porches

assaults: tire-irons
pistol jacking and whipping
like historic reprisals
remembering pain:pleasure
memoir of sexual concrete
memory of thrusting music,
white pine trees and white-tailed deer
rutting in white snow

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