Happy Poetry Month, Philadelphia! We’ll be posting poems suggested by our readers once a day for all of April. The twist? The poet must be related to our city in some way, intimate or distant. Click here to learn how to nominate a poem.
Your name: Lindsay Steuber
Author’s name: Frank Sherlock
Author’s blog or website address: http://FrankSherlock.blogspot.
What’s the Philly connection?: This is obvious, no? [Frank grew up in southwest Philadelphia; wrote a whole book w/CA Conrad about walking around the city called The City Real and Imagined; chronicled the lives of South Philadelphians in poetic broadsides published by Mural Arts, etc. Look him up. Swoon.]
Why’d you nominate this poem?: Because it rocks on the page as a prose poem but also when he reads it! Be sure to check out both! Video at Jupiter 88.
[Turns out this poem was written in response to photographs by hometown hero Zoe Strauss, now exhibiting her photos at the PMA. A citywide special of Philly love.]
You can feel good about I-95 when you take a walk underneath Feel good about rocking black lip liner Your shirtless muscle pose is something you can flex & feel good about You can feel good about life in this ditch since you know that your future starts here You can You know you can feel
You can feel good about the love of your life in a snapshot left on a boxspring A gun & a bun in the oven is something you can feel good about You can feel good about beating the Giants You Yes
You can feel good in the skin you’re in even if it’s been broken You can feel good about the fire fighter & the wonder of fireworks at once Show off your titty tattoos & feel good I feel it Feel good about falling in love w/o government sanction Flip the bird to the law & feel good You can feel good about your wave cap when it’s tied just right Can you feel how good this feels this blinking sign of redemption You can feel good about smoking in bed & not waking up in a fire You can youYou can feel good about dollar magic You can feel good about letting your wang hang out You can
feel Silly string from an overhead wire is something You can feel good about Froggy Carr You can feel good about making love in Centralia Rome can make you The shrimp & petro fest makes you feel good & hungry You can feel good about gangsta ink on your face You can feel that smooth Bicentennial roundball (go ahead & say it it’s so so good…..Julius…Errr-ving) I told you now didn’t I
You can feel good about yours It’s first one of its kind in the world You can feel good about being young crazy rich & flashy Feel good about the fleur-de-lis You can feel good about $$$$ just don’t be a dick about it Couples touching tongues can make you feel oo la la He wrote dirty jokes in the Store of the Stars just so you could feel good Feel him You can feel good about dignity under the El You can feel good about half of everything & the half that seems to be missing Just feel for it
You can feel good about the most we feared has turned out to be empty & barren Drinking a Bud can
with one pinky up will make you feel pretty classy You can feel good about feeling like any day you might be a star Feel good about making out with a stranger on a day you come out in drag Some days you feel for the dead (R.I.P.) You feel good about showing your exit wounds because of what you’ve held onto Let’s feel good & meet me under the overpass because now is the time to be close