Jack Meriwether

(b. 1992)
is a poet and performance artist from Ohio currently living in Brooklyn, New York.

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Odessa



Sit down saying

What’s it all about?

How the hell

Does everybody know



But me?

The world is burning

And I want you.

I am unsaveable



And dead with

My longing, but

Laugh louder now!

I want to



Hear you

Cracking the whip

From across the park.

I am hungry for reckless embodiment



And a healthy

Amount of stupidity.

I am such a

Dumb little bitch



And the voice

Of my generation.

Yeah!

I am so good at saying



All there is to say.

It is important

To be hot and

Articulate.



Deride the derisive.

Divide the divided.

Be diverse and full

Of saneness.



But really:

Look about and

Sniff the air

Every morning

Upon waking.



Find a way to be

Dumbstruck

And doubtful.



Feel the fear

And rock forward

With verve



And charm anyway.

It’s about propaganda

And pride he said.



It’s about imagining a future worth staying alive for!



I said

As we turned

Away from Lover’s Rock

Toward home.



You really shouldn’t trust

My voice when it’s so hot

With vomit and

Truism.



I am higher

Than I’ve ever been

In my life



And missing everyone

I’ve ever met.