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"Sacrilege in Monterey"

Simple Arithmetic & Other Artifices, poems by Bruce Morton

Just down the street
From the Guilded Cage
Where James Dean married
Some guy in gold chiffon

The graffiti above the urinal
In the Bull's Eye
Tavern is quite explicit
As we piss away the day

"Sacred cow makes the best hamburger."


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Bruce Morton was born in New York City. As an adult, he heeded Horace Greeley's advice to "go west," by way of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. For the past thirty years, he has lived in Bozeman, Montana, where his day job was as a librarian at Montana State University, while also teaching Honors seminars.

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