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When our verdict was reached and her punishment sworn, we told her that it’d be deep and she should wear something warm. Penelope still haunts our sleep. The cold, the splash, the echo. Her memory, viscous and sweet, threads poison through our bones. At the end of the day when we pulled up the rope, the only thing at the end was a scrap of her coat. We know she fell in because we pushed her ourselves. We don’t know how she got out, but we wish she would tell. Penelope, where are you now? We miss you like a blister. The talks we’d have into the night. The fights that would draw blood. Dear frenemy, where did you go? They never found your body. We picture you, smiling and fierce, and dancing on our bones.


from Because I Wanted to Know, released May 11, 2010



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The Walking Hellos Brooklyn, New York

The Walking Hellos are what you might get if you kidnapped The Raincoats, Pere Ubu, The Shaggs, Lydia Lunch, The Throwing Muses and held them captive in a Bed-Stuy basement for 10 years. And gave them a banjo, a double-necked guitar, some pedals, and an accordion to play with while they were in there. ... more

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