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WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD five dollar coffee, two dollar therapy, blue bus, gold line, blue pills, Hollywood sign Disney's mousetrap behind Orange Curtain the future of western civilization is uncertain Echo Park and overpriced artists studio after Mi Vida Loca goes to video thrift turned vintage, bottle of water as third appendage brownstones in Bel Air, Oxycontin cocktails street merchants of Venice, tattooed arms like black licorice shaky beachfront property, make your first mil at thirty Bloods, Crips, La Raza, and Yo Momma leaf blowers and star fuckers, botox parties, power yoga, pilates sweet sixteen silicone implants pre-nup signed at next off ramp valley of dildos, backyard beat-offs strip-mall gang bangs, designer handbags bejeweled cell phones fake rhinestones sigalert on the 405, Amber alert on the 105 Scientology and ECT, surfs up in P.V. white collar screenplays written on weekdays show your ass crack, be a star and starve starve starve The Standard, The Mondrian, The Château Marmont Melrose, Mel Ramos, sado-masochism as art Chinatown, Downtown, Koreatown troubles come not in ones or twos but in battalions take the 210 to the 134 to the 101 to the 5 to the 10 to highway one the Pacific Coast, the golden hour, the smoking gun Armine Iknadossian -- Armine Iknadossian was born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Pasadena, California. She received her BA from UCLA and an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. She has just completed her first manuscript, Gnosis. Publications include Pasadena City College's Inscape, UCLA's Wisteria, Cal State Northridge's Edges, Lounge Lit: An Anthology of Poetry and Fiction by the Writers of Literati Cocktail and Rhapsodomancy and zaum. "The Return" was a finalist in Backwards City Review's annual poetry contest.