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Your Friendly Bank Is Offering

a life loan, the right blue dream
home, the ownership you deserve,
the industry to preserve. The providers help
you want it. We mortgage you “yes” and flex-
best-ible. One proud customer at a time.
That’s American wisdom: easier,
more of everything. Everyone deserves
the encore, a raise, respect, results, whatever
dream of local achieve. Purchase it, being.
Proud sponsor of do-done-faster, we
service new solutions, right answers.
We power your expectations of making,

dreams of shade-covered _ _ _ _ _ _.
Employees dedicate themselves to

the World's fulfilling, the family way. Know
the conforming American gets the mortgage.

Dream easier. Dream of good. Dream
today's/tomorrow's guaranteed lead.

Common solutions have purchase. Done it.
Un. Non. All dreams will chip.


Copyright © 2017 Claire McQuerry. Used with permission of the author. This poem originally appeared in Tin House, Fall 2017.

About this Poem

"This poem is a cut-up, assembled from the marketing slogans of the top twenty-five subprime mortgage lenders in 2006."
Claire McQuerry


Claire McQuerry

Claire McQuerry is the author Lacemakers (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. She teaches at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

Date Published: 2017-09-28

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