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Hamlet Off-Stage: Laertes Cool

Laertes has groupies, proof he has taste,
Has cool. Wears skate-board clothes: elephant pants,
The crotch snagging his knees, tent-size tee-shirt.
He wants the play staged at a roller rink:
Him, Fortinbras, and me wearing in-lines,
The rest in quads. And instead of a duel,
We throw ourselves a roller-derby brawl.
Why not? Do something with a little class
To offset the end’s cartoon slaughter house.


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Poem Hamlet Off-Stage: Laertes Cool - D C Berry