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July 19, 1999

by Paul Malécot
 

 BETWEEN SUNRISE AND SUNSET
 
 

somewhere between

sunrise                                &                                  sunset

     a young man               enters          THE SHERTON

and announces that:

                                 he is here

& is there upon informed

                                 that he must have a police

                                                                   permit

             permitting him to make a public

             speech before he is allowed to make

             his presence known

& upon

             inspite of misdi                   rection

                                                                 finding
      the correct

      downtown

      coordinating

      administrative

      civic-center

      bureaucratic

      police station

                      is ushered into a plain

                                                  sterile

                                                  office

                                                       illuminated

                      by a poster       boasting

                             the freedom

                                         of            free speech

& is informed that he may

                        make               public speeches

                                     only

      in Purshing Square             between

                                    9 a.m.   &    4:30 p.m.

& that he will                                         please

                            to pay                             his

      twenty-five dollar$ to the cashier

      on                the               way               out

says:     "forget it"

&                                                          departs

          never officially having been          there.
 
 


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