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The Genius

By James Valvis

They came from every corner of the state
to hear him read from his latest,
which was no different than his old work.
When they arrived, he was half drunk,
leered at the girls, ignored the young men,
told several professors to go bugger Jesus,
and after an irrational monologue
he finally read three political poems
he slurred while missing whole lines,
until– only slightly more awake than the audience–
he finished his reading to a dead silence
that quickly changed to an ardent applause.
He was a very intelligent man.
He knew so long as he told people
exactly what they wanted to hear
some would always call him a genius.

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Yak Mallah

By James Valvis

I watched a kung fu film
that stunk
but in this film
was a country
where the people
all said, yak mallah!
The people had no teeth
and they were stupid
but when their king
said, yak mallah!,
they replied, yak mallah!
I liked them
and I like yak mallah.
I’ve tried saying it
to my friends
and they just look at me
funny.
But I like it even though
I don’t know
what yak mallah means
in the movie
or otherwise.
I think it was something
the director threw
into the movie.
Nor do I know
why I’m telling you this.
Maybe I’m just
throwing this in
like the director
threw in yak mallah.
Why not?
With all the people
in the world
somebody’s bound
to like it
and think I’m a genius

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