City Static

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Nathan is studying Chemistry and Math at Temple University. He enjoys reading, listening to music, and rock climbing. Nathan greatly enjoys the works of Lin-Manuel Miranda and his favorite poet is  [+]

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       —jection! —section

inter— 1900 North 13th

world’s got a noise infection

poison currents crashing through the streets.


“HUSHhh this is a library... please lower your voice.”

[simultaneously] “Sorry, I’m only—”


 —ruption. Krakatoa’s voice was carried three thousand miles away

rippling our minds persisting through time, but with nothing to say




not poison, but passion!

open your mind, open your heart

Open your ears, ‘cause listening gears the soul to confront all of the

sadness, cataclysmic madness, cymbals crashing, volcanic creation,

bursting limitations, revolution rising into


Listen closely ‘fore the sound disappears

when you cannot hear 

the... [breathe in deeply]

things fall apart

life returns to stasis it’s the natural way

settling to order clenching tightly to the right to remain

Seated, silent, restrained, compliant, part of the system


Can’t breathe can’t sleep can’t work can’t eat can’t even muster one

good bit of wisdom

disrup-ted  Circadian    prison


How many dreams deferred 

will never be heard? 

pointlessly splattered on the pavement,

Built up to a premature combustion

thrown in like grenades and never aimed and...

    SHHhh listen. pause. for. the.  awareness interruption.


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Edward Mackouse · ago
You are a good listener and the sound of things is very important!
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Edward Mackouse · ago
Great job! Keep up your good works!
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Nathan Mackouse · ago
Thanks dad!
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Pat Rocchi · ago
A unique voice. I enjoyed your word choices.
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Nathan Mackouse · ago
Thank you, Pat!
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Fulani Woman · ago
Kudos, Nathan! Like you, I am also a jury finalist. However, I write to ask you to vote for my friend and recent Temple graduate Jaz Banks, who is a community finalist. Her poem is "To Snatch Black Gold From Sunlight." Thank you in advance.
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Kristen Loughlin · ago
This is so original and beautifully written!
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Nathan Mackouse · ago
Thanks, Kristen!
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Tony Martello · ago
I appreciate your originality and voice. You got my attention. I am more woke than ever. Thank you for that :) Nathan, I appreciate your vote for my poem as well. Check out my short story, "Maize of Color" entered in the America: color it in contest. I would be glad to have your support! Cheers, Tony
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Nathan Mackouse · ago
Thank you Tony!
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Tony Martello · ago
Hey Nathan, I have 2 stories that made it to the final round, "Maize of Color" and "Green Springs" if you can vote for them and provide continued support! Cheers! Tony