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Little girls are always losing their plastic barrettes. Today a pink one shaped like a butterfly. Advertisements

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seeking these things, they find themselves

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a pair of black work-gloves

– a pair of black work-gloves – an unopened pack of Orbit peppermint gum – a green leather hobo-style purse– stolen?– under a bush, emptied of its contents, which included tampons and a small fushia hairbrush

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yellow bouncy pellet, red plastic fireman

– a red plastic toy soldier. actualy, he’s a fireman. – “Corner Market” ultra-green matchbook – slightly pummeled white 2×4 Lego – brown hair comb – yellow bouncy rubber pellet (it’s a ball, but i think it’s some kind of … Continue reading

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purple plastic slinky, red lei, large glass

– red plastic lei – purple and pink plastic slinky (broken but still slinky) – a large etched window – a neon “OPEN” sign the final two things I could not carry.

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rubbish redux

So now this becomes the source text. it is 41 lines so one line will move to the title position. the omen of a stunned tiger swallowtail blue guitar pick, modest mouse, handtowel leather shoe, chewing tobacco, red pen somebody’s … Continue reading

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the omen of a stunned tiger swallowtail

a short list which will be the last list before these lists become poetry ghosts. because i am tired of looking for interesting trash and because i buried a tiger swallowtail. i am not sure he was dead. perhaps he … Continue reading

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blue guitar pick, modest mouse, handtowel

Tuesday is always a good day for trash-spotting. – a collection of someone’s cds, seemingly thrown out of a moving car, all somewhat shattered. this collection included: – Bigusa – Pole – Elliott Smith – The Shins – Green Day … Continue reading

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leather shoe, chewing tobacco, red pen

Originally uploaded by maulopes. Spring colors! this picture links to the “que lindo lixo” pool of urban trash pics on Flikr Today it was hot and people were taking their clothes off. I found: – 2 hair elastics, one black … Continue reading

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somebody’s clothes, another no one, stencils

somebody’s clothes Originally uploaded by Bright Tal. this reminds me that i saw two pairs of balled-up cotton boxers (together) behind the church yesterday another no one Originally uploaded by Bright Tal. Seems like Tel Aviv is pretty dirty. eberswalder … Continue reading

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the shores are alive… i still love you, books

the shores are alive… Originally uploaded by dbthayer. I Still Love You… Originally uploaded by Mr. Greenjeans. preparing for national poetry month by cleaning out some room on the shelves 8 pointed star Originally uploaded by johanna.

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forgotten men, brinquedos velhos = lixo

forgottenmen, jan 2 Originally uploaded by heathergm. brinquedos velhos = lixo Originally uploaded by *L.

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bananas mardi gras blue sucker broken t.v.

2006_0317nola0205 Originally uploaded by the redhead. sometimes trash is violent. more strangers’ pics from flikr. bananas Originally uploaded by piggy375. some amazing trash pics from strangers on flikr Originally uploaded by Joie de Vivre. one less tv Originally uploaded by … Continue reading

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unopened deep red is my favorite color

-a deep red “stash premium chai spice black tea” bag, unopened. deep red is my favorite color. chai is my favorite kind of tea, but i make it myself. i don’t need pre-packaged chai. t is not that complicated to … Continue reading

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multiple pink-tipped white fabric flowers

– a yellow tennis ball – multiple pink-tipped white fabric flowers. i picked three, but there were more. – an aqua blue plastic comb – a “my dad reads to me” sticker

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faux tortoiseshell barrette, cloisonne bead

– a faux tortoiseshell barrette – a red tag with no writing on it – an earring with two translucent blue beads and one blue cloissone bead – an earring with a black-and-brown strpied bead and a blue bead – … Continue reading

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in which i fantasize about mudpies & insects

– a black “Hilton” hotel pen with silver lettering. Made me think about how strange it must be to be Paris Hilton. Or anyone famous, or anyone with such a name as would be on pens that are discarded. The … Continue reading

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a striped grosgrain ribbon, a champagne bead

– a green, blue, and yellow grosgrain ribbon of perhaps 2.5′ length – a champagne-colored multi-faceted translucent bead

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inflatable beach ball searches for water

– an inflatable beach-ball, totally stereotypical beach ball– striped– which had somehow found the only tiny puddle of water in the gutter for a mile around, and was happily splashing around in the very little wetness that was there. – … Continue reading

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in waning moon’s glow pink bucket rides again

Last night I was walking home from class (pedagogy, blech) and noticed that pink bucket had strayed from the porch that had temporarily adopted him, and now lay in the yard. I went and picked him up and now he … Continue reading

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broken plate with a brown rim, ping-pong ball

– a fragment of a broken plate with a brown rim – a brown hooded jacket with a ripped black nylon lining – a Doritos bag – a white ping-pong ball – a 9 of spades

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nothing, or very little, rests upon these streets

– a blue plastic bottle cap imbedded into the dirt – a $5 calling card with a picture of a penguin on it – a pickle spear which i thought was a bone folder until i got closer (luckily I … Continue reading

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"the trash and treasures of charlottesville"

IMG_4760 Originally uploaded by looktouch. Pictures with the “trash” tag on my Flikr are from the Anthropology Dept’s exhibit

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faded blue boxers with tiny ice cream cones

– red & black jimmy john’s business card magnet – red and yellow lollipop, still in its wrapper – strawberry shortcake valentine, from Gretchen to Courtney – a pair of faded blue boxers with tiny ice cream cones

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Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower

I walked home a different way in order to find new trash, and there was nothing. I walked and there was nothing, nothing, fragments of glass and paper, gum wrappers, dead leaves, in the dusk, in the half-light. Then. On … Continue reading

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mystery of a bright red orb as seen from afar

under a teal-green car a bright red orb. sun shining makes small white mirror in upper left, reflecting trees. it is so bright. so bright red, redder than the tail-lights of the car, and it is white in the upper … Continue reading

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a valentine not addressed to me, small Santas

I must find new paths. The trash is getting boring, except on or near holidays when there are themed parties. Otherwise it’s Solo cups and broken beer bottles. Today I picked up: – a piece of once-silver wrapping paper with … Continue reading

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a child’s plastic barrette, pink plastic butterfly

– a child’s plastic barrette, pink plastic butterfly

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found mardi gras beads with hanging crowns

Exciting my need for that which shines, I spotted a strand of purple Mardi Gras beads on the way home. From the strand hung a typical N.O.-style crown (promotion for Crown Royal perhaps?). I found – two strands of purple … Continue reading

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blind googly eyes, deaf orange ears, hoarding

I have become a hoarder. On the walk home I considered two things. 1. How many hair bands I could pick up (8) 2. Whether one can induce OCD in oneself On the way to school and back I found … Continue reading

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babyblue babysock yellowpaper drinkumbrella

– a baby blue baby sock – a black hairband – the orange disposable razor cover – a bright blue piece of glass – green beads as if from a mardi gras necklace – a Nokia cell phone battery – … Continue reading

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jellybeans, a black, a pink, and a yellow one

Jellybeans Originally uploaded by gloamling. Ginny’s findings

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speakr portion eggshlls yllw feathr lip balm

Today I walked home a slightly different way and thus saw slightly different trash; I also had a revelation about what I want to do with this (text) material when I feel that I have gathered sufficient quantities. I also … Continue reading

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