Bryan R. Monte
Artists in Uniform

           Brown University, Autumn 1984

Four women in two days
the same red-black dyed hair;
five men in three days
the same black leather jackets.
It’s hard to be an original
in ‘The Age of Mechanical Reproduction’.
If you don’t get around fast enough
you lose currency
and everyone is so overinflated
they’re just dying to be spent.
Buying and selling go without saying:
lie, lay, laying, laid.
They’re not the same word,
but maybe they should be.
No one ever gets them straight.