The condos that they never finished are finished. Poem for Pudge Knuckles by MoMilli 18

My first big RG fight with Mahbod, in very early 2010, was over the page for “California English” by Vampire Weekend. He felt my explanations and band choice were “gay.” The condos line in the song is thought to refer to the same set of unfinished condos that became Rent on Kent—but joke’s on them, because they finished the condos once the economy “bounced back,” and now members of Vampire Weekend are probably the only people other than Rap Genius rich enough to buy them !

“California English” is about incompatible lovers, primarily, which the rest of the poem takes on. I will write a poem for the first person who gets an Insta of Ezra Koenig (vest guy VIDEO) or Lena Dunham at Pudge Knuckles (preferably together).

Also a joke about literal edge finishing because the place next door is THE EDGE and the former residence of the guy who played Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl. Could you take this further, to Ginsberg ‘bating to Blake (i.e. “edging off” to epiphany)? Does that work with the later John Lennon references, like “Come Together”? It’s the edges of the earth in this borough and we just livin’ on it. #blessed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2fVqJNII8Y

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I already smoke his kush. Poem for Pudge Knuckles by MoMilli 18

Idiomatic.

N.B. Not brung directly from life.

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The keys to your kingdom are pishers.
A bad moon rises over the bridge.
In the event of an urgency, there's a bathroom on the right.
Poem for Pudge Knuckles by MoMilli 18

“Bad Moon Rising” used because the view of the moon is actually really good on the Rent on Kent roof. And with apocalpytic river flooding visions, as if the Williamsburg River were to flood this whole emergent scene out. There is always the threat of imminent confrontation at Pudge Knuckles, hence the fisticuffs in the name. It’s a very lonely street when unpopulated.

Classic CCR “mondegreen” (mishearing) is “there’s a bathroom on the right” — and at Pudge there is! So “pishers” idiomatically, for the little pissers moving in, and actual pissers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BmEGm-mraE

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The rent on Kent drips mainly to the basement vent.
It is a cold brew living with you, Pudge.
But I am not terribly bright.
I'm Judy Blume.
Poem for Pudge Knuckles by MoMilli 18

GENTRIFICAISH PARABLE. “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plains,” where they grow coffee, maybe. I fantasize about a Pygmalion-like relationship between Ivan and Hartje. Also about decline and fall of the Rap Genius VC I keep fearing. Feel like “Never Been to Spain” AM radio vibe is the same vibe I get from Pudge but a generation. Like this wonderfully blissed out anodyne LA in NY move.

Pudge as “Fudge” from the Judy Blume children’s series, as saying the name Pudge Knuckles alone reduces me to childlike giggles. Pudge Knuckles was founded in Red Hook to specialize in grounds for cold brew, which somehow evokes the deliberate “cold brewski” not-not dive vibe of Pudge Knuckles qua coffee. But also “cold brew” like “bad lot.”

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Hedge me bets. Bop to the top, gym rats. Insta Ricci, Vanessa. Poem for Pudge Knuckles by MoMilli 18

Rent on Kent is home to a modeling agency and (until recently or I wouldn’t say so publically) some celebrities. “Hedge me bets” is about female grooming and about imagined John Lennon accents to play with Ivan as countercultural icon, or with Wordsworth on hedgerows, or Lennon on Wordsworth on hedgerows. Or like “Shiver me timbers” as sounding like “Pudge knuckles.”

What is “sprang break 4-eva!!!1” if not a Wordsworthian call?

“Bop to the Top” is Ashley Tisdale’s song in High School Musical as Sharpay. But about coffee shops requiring working your way to the top of the neighborhood competition as well. CONSTANT, Y'ALL!

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Still my barefoot contessa. Poem for Pudge Knuckles by MoMilli 18

My nana is less interested in Yale grads like, what, James Fenimore Cooper than in the fact that the husband of the Barefoot Contessa who cameos on the show is a Yale professor (now retired)

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Getcha head in the meme, high school musicales. Poem for Pudge Knuckles by MoMilli 18

Zac Efron’s best song in High School Musical is “Getcha Head in the Game,” which includes a seminal batshit spoken word interlude:

Why am I feeling so wrong
My head’s in the game
But my heart’s in the song

So like how my heart is out on the coffee table for these guys who just think it’s funny that I’m writing poems about Pudge Knuckles and not CARING about me “in that way."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G--VfuI0fNs

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I'm a noid. Poem for Pudge Knuckles by MoMilli 18

Versus “I’m annoyed” (with Pudge Knuckles)

Like the Domino’s mascot ca. 1990 because Pudge also has a fist logo and the cartoonishness reminds me of the Yo, Noid! cartoons. And the made in BKLYN accent branding. Do both or neither refer to Do The Right Thing?

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Blue Button blues and El Beit. Poem for Pudge Knuckles by MoMilli 18

Two other meme coffee shops in WMSBG, one used to tie into next line about “Bell Bottom Blues” by Derek and the Dominoes. Like Eric Clapton, Ivan is in business with a blonde model.

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I took my loved one out to Pudge Knuckles so we could Insta the Williamsburg skyline.
Well well well well
Well.
Poem for Pudge Knuckles by MoMilli 18

The Rent on Kent skyline is actually a really sensual date. Direct riff on the lyrics from “Well Well Well,” which also discusses sex as guilt, like celebrating the unexpected sensuality of the blond wood at Pudge Knuckles as guilty carnal pleasuredome. And “Well Well Well” is a really sexy song ! Yoko dresses really well! My favorite Beatle is Derek Taylor’s scarf in the Anthology or maybe Francie, Paul’s live-in concubine while he was courting Linda who was then thrown aside and not mentioned in the Anthology when he decided he’d publically date Linda (if I WERE a Beatle I’d be his disgraced upper middle class redheaded actress companion Jane Asher, or depressive infatuate Epstein, or George Martin’s libertine rattail)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EBqtZyQUqw

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