A Plastic Bag of Red Cells

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Annie Petrie-Sauter

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Poetry. A PLASTIC BAG OF RED CELLS is a prose poem in the voice, or scream, of the great unwashed of the late 1960s bleeding slowly into the dregs of the early 70s: the Vietnam vets to the middle-class rejects, the ordinary. It is not about the movers and shakers, those now seen being interviewed on late night TV, or the celebrities of the era now opening concerts for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. This is the story of the fodder—Cassidy not Kerouac—those who arrived on the scene too late to be leaders and still too young to drop out of anything. This poem starts after the leaders of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Weathermen had peevishly taken all their revolutionary toys and gone home, after the drop-outs had all nicely dropped back in. This poem is for those left over: the turned on, tuned in, and dropped in the gutter. This is a story of that which was left.


Annie Petrie-Sauter has written numerous stories and poems about the 60s and 70s. Her work has been published in four Bright Hill Press Anthologies, by Maverick Press, Texas; in the Berkeley Tribe; and the Rat Underground Newspapers. She is a poet of the performance variety and also has an interest in political essay, and op-ed writing. Sauter has been married for 30 years to Paul Sauter, a ceramics artist; they they have two grown daughters. They live in Oneonta, New York.

Author City: ONEONTA, NY USA

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