Nate East

Market Street curls me up

in her escalator tongue.

A shivering old woman, pacing,

wrapped in a Navajo blanket.


I try to tell her telepathically:

I’m not the grim reaper

and these bags aren’t

loaded with body parts.

No Warm Nights in San Francisco

All Animals Know the Future

they titled their albums

Bastard Marsupial,

Dirtbag Architect,

Twenty Ten: The Year Of

Don’t Stay Racist, and

All Dreams Come True

In the East Bay,

which is pig latin

for “beast”