San Quentin

from by Great Apes



an off-white blemish on a perfect palette of blues

sea green converging with Marin money hues

Tamalpais looks downward upon the wealth-exempt wound

500 acres with a con in every room 

while the sun-soaked saunter smiling through Northgate Mall

breathing grey specters sickly scratch cell walls

Samaritans of privilege spewing script liberal speak 

wretched truth on the Bay’s edge - oh, the ease in turning cheek 

it’s not human if we don’t have to look

in death’s glowing chamber, stone cage to stone plaque

window watching strangers witness life unpacked

under a redwood halo comes love and regret

sinner self-forgiveness while the saint freely forgets

if there’s a problem, we’ll lock it up

devaluation - the slow strain on the core

treatment by covering the sore

demonization enables error without remorse

systemic - avoidance of the source


from Thread, released September 17, 2013


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Great Apes San Francisco, California

Insert hype-up descriptors here. Plain and simple, San Francisco's Great Apes are a lyrical punk band. Music, much like a bio, is often at its best when it’s spit out intensely and quickly, with concision and honesty.


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