Academic journal article TriQuarterly

The Greeks

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

The Greeks

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Washington, D.C.

"Brothers," they live in houses unfettered by mothers, by sisters, by the battle of the sexes or by any other at odds. Neighbors they are to me here and I watch them, drawn to the window by their night- cries in the street: glass breaking, fist-fighting, heart breaking, poison fun. They intrigue me these sons of moneyed fathers, monotheists, white boys next day sobering up on patches of dirt packed outside where they dwell: castles like crack houses, rags draping windows, the strange facelessness that filth gives to a gilded building. On scavenged lawn chairs in daylight they recline, in what way not the panhandlers on the heat vent one block down I cannot say, but power has passed down many hands to reach them here rehearsing for the world their fathers made them, silver spoon and silver tray. Good brown whores visit of an evening, and daughters of their own fathers dress high to call, bewitched as well by the luster of the old order. …

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