Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Charles Reznikoff’s Lost Work, "Victory Auto Wreckers"

I approached my car
and the door fell off–
a husky baritone bellows,
“That old car might be worth money”
two thousand
“for a quote”

Everything turns blue
and an address appears:
“Victory will tow
no matter what condition your car is in,”
seven days a week–
and there might be cash on the spot,
the voice gives us the option
of fixing up the car with used parts,

An image of an automobile graveyard
ten acres, the voice claims –
starters, transmissions, batteries
“-for all types of cars”
blue again
seven-ten East Green in Bensonville,
"-near O’Hare"
two thousand.

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