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Macy’s                               Hickory Farms
 
Circuit City                         GNC
Payless ShoeSource                   The Body Shop
Sears                                Eddie Bauer
Kay Jewelers                         Payless ShoeSource
GNC                                  Circuit City 
LensCrafters                         Kay Jewelers
Coach                                Gymboree
H&M
RadioShack
Gymboree                             The Body Shop
                                     Hickory Farms
                                     Coach
The Body Shop                        Macy's
Eddie Bauer                          GNC
Crabtree & Evelyn                    Circuit City
Gymboree                             Sears
Foot Locker
Land's End
GNC                                  H&M
LensCrafters                         Kay Jewelers
Coach                                Land's End
Famous Footwear                      LensCrafters
H&M                                  Eddie Bauer
                                     Cinnabon
                                     LensCrafters
Foot Locker                          RadioShack
GNC                                  GNC
Macy's                               Sears
Crabtree & Evelyn                    Crabtree & Evelyn
H&M
Cinnabon
Kay Jewelers
Lands's End

Notes:
As a continuing part of Robert Fitterman’s epic Metropolis poem, which examines the consumerist urban landscape through found language, “Directory” is exactly that: a directory from an unnamed mall, looped with poetic concerns for form, meter, and sound. Fitterman’s listing of a mall directory purports to be as numbing, dead, and dull as the mall experience itself, hence expressing truth in the non-expressiveness of his linguistic subject matter.
Source: Poetry (July/August 2009)
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  • Born in St. Louis and raised in nearby Creve Coeur, conceptual poet Robert Fitterman earned a BA at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MA at Temple University.
    Fitterman is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, including Nevermind (2016), now we are friends (2010), Rob the Plagiarist (2009), and Metropolis, a long poem of city life in four volumes. He often builds poems through appropriating and recontextualizing found text, ranging from photo captions in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Holocaust Museum, 2013) to expressions of loneliness posted on online message boards (No, Wait. Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself., 2014). As Nick Thurston notes in a 2014 review for Flux, “Robert Fitterman’s Holocaust Museum is a relentless re-presentation of how social histories are constructed, expressed and same-d through institutional techniques of deferral and forgetting. His poem is a linguistic memorial to the objectification of modern life. It...

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