I thought I’d share this one with you – especially those in Tucson. I want to do a full color coffee table book that would retail for about $135… but you know, life got in the way. To get a, um, taste for it go to google maps, streetview of:
1604 S. 9th ave. Rotate to the SW corner. This poem will take you there, by bicycle. The beer: Earned.
Tucson is like a diamond. There are many, many sides to it. Each neighborhood has a story. I’m not being cliche.
It might look like a shithole from a car… My Tucson favors the bicycle.
Senna’s Tucson – Part 1
West of Oracle, I’m on Flores street:
where I remember
holding a bike frame in a box on my back. Riding cantered
One arm up
fingers in a folded over hole
to the Post Office in Barrio Blue Moon.
From Feldman, west, where the Mansfield Park
has a ball court with a roof, never played there
I just stayed on the crab grass stretching, watching
dark figures jumping and running. I remember
holding her there.
And down to Dunbar Spring, where Stone and 1st
always has a puddle.
Down Queen, I lean. I stop, stem in hand I walk, and knock.
Pea stone gravel on my cleated shoes. The ever present noise;
It drives me. I sit on a green Tucson bench
to pound down some water and pick out the stone with my finger.
I go downtown. Ripping past stopped cars I enter the tunnel
they’re gunning, it’s a thrilling fear, and eerie,
the noise of their motors much louder in there
I’m to the right and in the sun before taken over
I take the lane and the green at Congress. I cut through
on 9th to Church.
Past the Convention Center, never been in there
and don’t care
I turn on 17th and open up, free. My hands go easy
There’s I-10 full, glassy and real
in the afternoon, from 18th st
and broken bottle in the tunnel, the shade
such a brief break from it.
Soon, losing little noise
along the mighty and dry Santa Cruz
South to where I saw a camel and a man walking
wondering why I wasn’t doing just that.
At 29th I’m back in combat. Under the highway
“Move! Move! Move! Get past that freeway frontage road!!”
A black-death spewing White truck belches careening past.
“Ready!” he commands internal, walking along my inner pool:
“Drown proof! Down!”
One breath held hard…. and heavy O2 demand.
Hurt. Through more fumes. Fading. Still moving. The last push:
Along light colored sand
she said: “Brown becomes the aesthetic.”
Only four years later, I get it.
A rail to lock the rig by a south side grocery
LA PRIMAVERA – 26th and 9th.
Pacifico Clara bottles in the front wheel bag, cold
6 bought and one drank on 10th ave to 42nd st.
And * I * Feel * GOOD on mural-ed, ex-tra wide
10th ave, where I’m always left alone, going home
cutting my carrots so close to the door and the noise.
Memory of 2006, written 2010by