Punk Is Dead

by Ryan Ritchie
if you want to pretend that
in the year 2011
you are punk
then go right ahead.
but please keep this in mind:
the guy in the
pink collared Ralph Lauren shirt
pin-striped tie
black slacks and pointy shoes
sporting a mohawk
who works at the Verizon mobile store
in the strip mall off of Bellflower Boulevard
thinks he is too.

0 thoughts on “Punk Is Dead

  1. of course i have to comment to this. punk died out in the 80s, but there are still stragglers (musicians included). the non-cookie cutter ones live under rocks because of the guy in the verizon store with the well-stylized faux mohican. st marks place has changed into an avenue for lost souls searching for identity. so i hide under a rock, too. i do like your poem, though. it’s a good one. here’s a lydia lunch song i’m listening to right now, you can listen while reading this comment for backdrop.

  2. Cash is king so punk rabble made something out of nothing. If they can get you to buy into it then you’re a sell out (and cash is still king).
    Can I care that the children of the king have bought into it hook, line, & sinker? Only if I have the cash to care and so sorry; I’m broke. Punk is dead? Put it on a bumper sticker. It’ll sell.

    1. can’t sell out if you pirate.
      “punk is dead”:
      the sex pistols are dead. crappy performance art is a lackluster gimmick.
      punk is decomposition.
      put that on a bumper sticker for me, or i’ll just make my own.

    1. However, whatever I imitate I have to identify with first. So, through imitation I reveal more of my own identity than through direct demonstration.
      As you can tell through inference drawn off what I fail to imitate well; and the degree to how well I imitate, more about me than I demonstrate in simply being me (as I am inherently exists as an abstract concept) so too through our common perception of priory exemplars (and the subsequent projection of those exemplars) can then the identity of the imitating projector be inferred (and the unity that exists through our common perception be invoked thereby legitimizing the previously unstructured state of us and establishing an inherent them apart from us; with the creation of a them ultimately providing further exemplars to demonstrate our unity and specific individual identities apart from each other).
      Yes, very punk indeed.

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