Mall

Cartels lurk in systems
of glittering marble

street lamps
placed for nostalgia
no need for umbrellas

beneath glassy atriums,
mazes of  coffee shop lanes

brocaded street benches
wait in arcades with no weather
for the weary and bored

department store goals
at each end
pedestrians herded
between

aspiring lives.

Meeting the Bar: Postmodern (Experimental)

Today  has focusing on an excellent series of writing experiment suggestions by Bernadette Mayer, an avant-garde writer known for her innovative use of language.

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15 thoughts on “Mall

  1. nice…you captured it well…some of those malls look like a palace with all the marble..a friend of mine just came back from dubai and told me about the malls he has seen there..

  2. “Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads. The name, related to the same root as the word “broccoli,” comes from Italian broccato meaning “embossed cloth,” originally past participle of the verb broccare “to stud, set with nails,” from brocco, “small nail,” from Latin broccus, “projecting, pointed.”wiki”

    So clever, with etymology lurking amongst the shoppers in the Mall.

  3. They are another world to me sealed from reality. I remember them in Singapore, dozens and dozens of them on every street. You could lose yourself in a dream or nightmare of not being able to find your way out 🙂

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