I suppose if there was ever a post to put “TRIGGER WARNING” on then this would be one, but it’s an amazing poem and I wouldn’t let that put you off unless you’ve had the kind of experience you’d expect to read about in a poem called Rape Joke and don’t want to read about it.
Positioned outside the SCOPE Pavilion walls and visible from the West Side Highway, Robert Montgomery’s new work delves into our collective unconscious with his melancholic The City is Wilder Than You Think, 2012. This large, site-specific text work engages dialogue through the Situationist concept of detournement, which hijacks advertising space in the city, often illegally, and replaces the advertising with poetry.
After shooting Gregory
this is what happened
I’d shot him well and careful
made it explode under his heart
so it wouldn’t last long and
was about to walk away
when this chicken paddles out to him
and as he was falling hops on his neck
digs the beak into his throat
straightens legs and heaves
a red and blue vein out
Meanwhile he fell
and the chicken walked away
still tugging at the vein
till it was 12 yards long
as if it held that body like a kite
Gregory’s last words being
get away from me yer stupid chicken"
— By Michael Ondaatje from The Collected Works of Billy the Kid