National Poetry Month Day 22: Randall Mann

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Randall Mann’s newest collection, Proprietary, is forthcoming from Persea Books in May. He is a frequent contributor to The Rumpus and lives in San Francisco.

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Break

At the Grab & Go
I learned
to skirt scandal.
It’s only work-

place violence
if I leave my mark.
I took a pill; I lied.
Randall, don’t.

Do not bribe her,
the hot intern,
a doughnut
dusted with ricin.

Trashy afternoons
in Borgo Grappa:
I miss eucalyptus,
vampires, buffaloes.

And the trek
back to Rome,
all that ration-
alist architecture.

Break,
let me make
up with you.
Let’s cruise

the Ponte Milvio,
wrap a chain
around a lamppost,
lock it, and toss

the key into the Tiber.


Original poetry published by The Rumpus. More from this author →