Ours are Eastern Mountain Sports. The New Uncanny by MoMilli 25

He wanted to use an EMS gift certificate after Urban, but we didn’t know where one was. Used here as stand-in for East Coast elite oneupsmanship.

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We come together in the middle of Manhattan over my dead body. The New Uncanny by MoMilli 25

The crucial lyric of Vampire Weekend’s “White Sky,” which is about visiting the Museum of Modern Art with a lover in the winter, and which I feared we were reenacting ourselves. Either the narrator is literally coming — he then “oohs” ecstatically in falsetto — or he has an epiphany. If you come over your dead body, it’s the exact opposite of the intended meaning. Not regenerative!

Entendres:
– There was a running joke about him poisoning me to entertain the crowd, and I was totally game, as it seemed to reflect this passive looming fight I worried we were having the whole time (basically I would feel something and start to say it, stop myself from saying it, he would sense that, and I would be re-endeared). As if he subconsciously actually wanted to shut me up by having me ingest something, or I wanted him to do it. We both read too much psychiatry. And we both walk fast through museums, but I was afraid to walk with him because it would look like following him when all I wanted to do was read fast AND be close to him
– My fear, probably obvious why by now, that we’ll never “make it” as a couple even though we aren’t one yet, so like us making it idiomatically “over my dead body,” playing into themes of passivity/dominance as with George Costanza mumbling over who has relationship “hand” (the poem was my friend’s idea, though he had no idea what I was going to say)
– playback into Philip Roth’s Mickey Sabbath coming over a grave
– my friend annotating a poem where I made references to John Lennon as we were also near the Dakota
– my best friend gets aggravated I’m not a Rules girl, as she thinks I should do more to play hard-to-get

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When you laugh it goes cranial to caudal,
We did bird room, didn't get to the cephalopods.
The New Uncanny by MoMilli 25

He laughs with his neck, leaning forward sort of sucking in a repressed breath that then begins to sway the rest of his frame. Another play on the “rock” name too (normocephaly = no head trauma, so like cranial; cephas for stone).

There was a real aimlessness to the trip which I attributed to my uncharacteristic ditziness around him and him just thinking I knew what I was doing when I didn’t have a clue. We saw the peregrine falcons of the Palisades and some Asian interior designwares, but the amount of inputs were all too overwhelming.

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I'm a bird on a barbed wire. Math is hard. The New Uncanny by MoMilli 25

Bird on a Wire is a Goldie Hawn-Mel Gibson movie I remember thinking had a “sexy” trailer as a kid, like in that I would never achieve that level of allure. Barbed wire is because I’m “damaged, baby,” as Simpsons writer George Meyer said (this guy reminds me of him). A pun on “bird” and “Barbie” as ditz because I get so nervous I can’t do math or medicine around him. The talking Barbie from my childhood famously said “Math is hard!” inspiring the Simpsons Malibu Stacy parody.

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You shared your manhood on Instagram.
The first time I share you, I might scare you a little.
Because Teddy Roosevelt was a man, and he knew how to do things.
The New Uncanny by MoMilli 25

Quote is from GIRLS, when Marnie (the character based on the press secretary friend) has a charged date on the High Line with an obnoxious artist. Ezra Koenig later cameo’d on the show as that guy’s friend, which would be neither here nor there if it weren’t so NEW UNCANNY. She gets so hot after she has to masturbate it off in an art gallery where she works. Not exactly that here, but about artistic production in a museum, where the guy in question found an engraving of a Teddy Roosevelt quote on manhood. It then got no likes on Instagram, forcing him to appeal to art critic Jerry Saltz (hence “saltatory conduction” pun).

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Save the meme, my darling. Be my little ouabain.
Saltatory conduction don't work in the basement.
The New Uncanny by MoMilli 25

Terrible pun for “Be My Baby” (“Save me, my darling/ Be my baby now”). Ouabain is heart poison that inhibits sodium/potassium channels. We were talking about those channels. Used here like I want him to stop me from worrying and keep worrying he doesn’t want to, and expressing that worry to expunge it, pushing him away further, like neural conduction pathways. If that makes sense.

“Ion displacement won’t work in the basement” is a line from “Bryn” by Vampire Weekend, about long-distance love

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But see ya next year in Urban Outfitters.
You know, the one on 100th and Broadway?
Cause this Catholic schoolgirl fell in love with a nice Jewish boy at the exchanges counter.
And why not?
My guy startles at starers at the laminated poster of the Dome on the Rock?
Home is taking the stairs to increase metabolic expenditures.
Me called dark and bitter, you called rock, we come together at Blackrock.
The New Uncanny by MoMilli 25

From the spoken-word ending to Vampire Weekend’s “Finger Back” — I waited around 103rd and Broadway while pacing before we went to the store and thought of the lyric as is now inevitable especially given the doomed deadly love feel

Maureen derives from Mary/Maryam/Miriam, “dark/bitter” in Aramaic/Hebrew. So I am coffee like my name.

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Bigeyed press secs are not anthropologists The New Uncanny by MoMilli 25

This poem attempts to create two eccentrics as specimens of anthropologic interest to Rap Genius/Poetry Genius readers (UNCANNY).

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/fashion/audrey-gelman-the-girl-most-likely.html?_r=0

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You dare to eat a mango rather than a peach.
"No," you said. We traffic in safety school.
I have heard the guy singing about this very grocery in a song once.
He has acclaims out the wazoo and sings poem each to each.
Me, I picked my poison, missed my ballpark and my reach.
The New Uncanny by MoMilli 25

How people read “Prufrock” in competitive high schools to learn how to be New York neurotics and live in safety from emotions

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Like that metafictional movie about forgetting mines. The New Uncanny by MoMilli 25

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, about Clementine (Kate Winslet) changing her stripes and forcing her man in his head up a creek, literally a frozen river (he lives up the river from me, though not the same one). Recently I had written a poem namedropping Alexander Pope, and that title is a Pope line. I liked the idea of forgetting the name of the movie in a poison haze.

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