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An American Lament


by Michael Doliner





(Swans - May 17, 2010)   The old lady who lived across the street died in her nineties and her heirs sold her house to a very nice couple who have five children. Or had. A drone missile smashed into the house, blowing body parts all to hell and gone. Now what I want to know is: who the fuck is responsible for these body parts lying all over my lawn? Legally, not the city or that's what the law says. It seems to me that that young couple should be responsible for the body parts of their own children. I mean people have to clean up the poop from their dogs, don't they? And if the young couple are themselves now blown to bits, well, then their parents or their nearest relatives should see that the mess is cleaned up. Fair is fair. I mean why should I be stuck with the cleanup? I didn't do anything.


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Michael Doliner studied with Hannah Arendt at the University of Chicago (1964-1970) and has taught at Valparaiso University and Ithaca College. He lives with his family in Ithaca, N.Y.   (back)


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