Contra-Dictions by Roland Legiardi-Laura

BOMB 12 Spring 1985
012 Spring Summer 1985

Managua and the South Bronx
are very desirable pieces of
           real estate.
           Destroying one will raise
           the value of the other.
Nicaragua and the South Bronx
are communist threats.
           In both places they speak
              ‘Cuban.’
           In both places they carry guns
The people of Nicaragua and the South
Bronx are aggressive
           and warlike.
           Nicaragua has twelve planes
           six helicopters and twenty-five
           old Russian tanks.
           Grand-Master Flash studies
           Kung-fu.
Nicaragua and the South Bronx have no
tradition of democracy.
           Pinocchio is a communist puppet
Earthquakes have a long tradition of
democracy.
           Nicaragua and the South Bronx
           are poor.
Nicaragua and the South Bronx are rich.
           Nicaragua exports revolution.
The South Bronx is a Cuban military base.
           Eddie Murphy is a Bulgarian spy.
The four Maryknoll nuns were running the
           road block.
Death squad activity is showing marked
           improvement
A Russian oil tanker attacked a U.S.
made mine off the coast of Nicaragua
           the other day
The mine was completely destroyed.
          The Miskito Indians are
          being massacred
In Guatemala the Indians wear beautiful
          clothing.
   The message has always been
          a medium, hot.
   Pressing the facts
          between two soft ears
          packed with spongy bloody
              cotton.
   To know something
              is not to hear it
              or even to see it
              but to smell it—
   Steaming right up out of Momotombo
              Volcano
   or a burning mattress
              on Charlotte Street.
   Smoke of ancient liberations
   Choking the sweating wheezy
              fat men
   who fail to see the humor in their
              own inevitable deaths.

Nicaragua and the South Bronx
                   have no borders.

Roland Legiardi-Laura, writes fiction and poetry. His work has appeared in Out There, Ah Noi, The World, Appearances, Sunbury, Lumen Avenue A, ME, and Little Light. He is currently at work on a screenplay.

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012 Spring Summer 1985