• To Be Alone With You
  • Chicago
  • Casimir Pulaski Day
  • Jacksonville
  • John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
  • The Dress Looks Nice on You
  • Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois
  • The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
  • For the Widows in Paradise, for the Fatherless in Ypsilanti
  • The Seer's Tower
  • A Short Reprise for Mary Todd, Who Went Insane, But for Very Good Reasons
  • Prairie Fire That Wanders About
  • All the Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands
  • Niagara Falls
  • The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!
  • Futile Devices
  • Henney Buggy Band
  • Should Have Known Better
  • Decatur, or, Round of Applause for Your Stepmother!
  • Abraham
  • Let's Hear That String Part Again, Because I Don't Think They Heard It All the Way Out in Bushnell
  • Holland
  • Come on! Feel the Illinoise!
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find
  • Out of Egypt, Into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt From My Sandals as I Run
  • Romulus
  • In the Devil's Territory
  • Size Too Small
  • Seven Swans
  • They Are Night Zombies!! They Are Neighbors!! They Have Come Back From the Dead!! Ahhhh!
  • We Won't Need Legs to Stand
  • Sister
  • Riffs and Variations on a Single Note for Jelly Roll, Earl Hines, Louis Armstrong, Baby Dodds, and the King of Swing, to Name a Few
  • The Only Thing
  • He Woke Me Up Again
  • I Walked
  • Flint (For the Unemployed and Underpaid)
  • No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross
  • Too Much
  • The Transfiguration
  • Death with Dignity
  • The Upper Peninsula
  • Vesuvius
  • Tahquamenon Falls
  • Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!
  • All of Me Wants All of You
  • To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament
  • The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders
  • Alanson, Crooked River
  • Redford (For Yia-Yia & Pappou)

Thinking outrageously, I write in cursive
I hide in my bed with the lights on the floor
Wearing three layers of coats and leg warmers
I see my own breath on the face of the door

Oh, I am not quite sleeping
Oh, I am fast in bed
There on the wall in the bedroom creeping
I see a wasp with her wings outstretched

North of Savanna we swim in the Palisades
I come out wearing my brother's red hat
There on his shoulder my best friend is bit seven times
He runs washing his face in his hands

Oh, how I meant to tease him
Oh, how I meant no harm
Touching his back with my hand, I kiss him
I see the wasp on the length of my arm

Oh, how I meant to tease him
Oh, how I meant no harm
Touching his back with my hand, I kiss him
I see the wasp on the length of my arm

Oh great sights upon this state, hallelu�
Wonders bright, and rivers, lake, hallelu�
Trail of Tears and Horseshoe Lake, hallelu�
Trusting things beyond mistake, hallelu�

We were in love, we were in love
Palisades, Palisades
I can wait, I can wait

I can't explain the state that I'm in
The state of my heart, he was my best friend
Into the car, from the backseat
Oh, admiration in falling asleep
All of my powers, day after day
I can tell you, we swaggered and swayed
Deep in the tower, the prairies below
I can tell you, the telling gets old
Terrible sting and terrible storm
I can tell you the day we were born
My friend is gone, he ran away
I can tell you, I love him each day
Though we have sparred, wrestled and raged
I can tell you, I love him each day
Terrible sting and terrible storm
I can tell you
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