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Opinion | Robert Pinsky

Our F*****g City

Our F*****g City deserves a celebration:

A proper improper Time, for this Occasion.

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Our F*****g City didn’t pay top dollar

To any weak-in-the-clutch theology scholar,

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This year, to shrug off losses as “what God wrote.”

No, this was a year to take Fate by the throat.

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It’s in the situation, like joy or grief.

Sometimes you need a starter. Sometimes, relief. . . .

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A slugger, a table-setter, a closer, a stopper.

The words “Our F*****g City” are right and proper:

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Plural, communal, impulsive, a little mad—

Like dirty water, rude streets, the good of bad.

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Profane, provincial, prepared to take a knock

Or get one, ethnic, antic— we were a lock,

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Or lucky. In us, or in the situation:

Our F*****g City deserves a celebration.


Robert Pinsky was the ninth poet laureate of the United States and is now a professor at Boston University.