Citizen

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I once heard you sing that your passport is your destiny. Seems like we’ve all been dealt a card, strangely significant yet arbitrary. Maybe you wondered as you were held up at the border, if the officers heard your song, if they had some kind of court order. Because they turned you back at the border, after a night on a plastic chair. They went through your notes, your luggage and your hair.

Your beard, your guitar, your record collection, so very clandestine so very suspicious. Clearly you are a man of great threat, you are dangerous dark and malicious. You are malicious. The work you do scribbling
words, scrambling ideas and melodies, even though they are underpaid endeavors, could crumble their economies. They could crumble their economies. So they turned you back at the border, after a night on a plastic chair. They went through your notes, your luggage and your hair.

You wanted to go to the country of The Beatles and Oscar Wilde.
You wanted Sherlock Holmes, wanted history compiled. You wanted more than books and movies, you wanted to ride on the Tube, you wanted to look to your left, you wanted greasy pub food. You wanted greasy
pub food. But they turned you back at the border, after a night on a plastic chair. They went through your notes, your luggage and your hair.

In retrospect you recount the tale, all neat with a beginning and an end. It’s dramatic absurd Kafkaesque, but it all makes sense. The moral cited in the epilogue reads “Next time you cross a border, keep your songs to yourself and say the guitar is for serenading your wife. It’s for serenading your wife.” So they don’t turn you back at the border, after a night on
a plastic chair. So they don’t go through your notes, your luggage or your hair.

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from State of Undress, released August 21, 2015

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Susie Asado Berlin, Germany

Susie Asado lives in Berlin. That is the band, not the poem. The poem is by Gertrude Stein. Yes, there is such a poem. The band is not a poem. It is a band. Josepha writes the songs. She takes this very seriously, as she takes the band very seriously and of course the poem, that is Gertrude Stein very seriously. ... more

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