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I Have

I have a
wet mouth
in this pink

I still have that.

you think we’re in love?

Don’t you
with me.

You’re trying.
But at this point,
I’ve accrued dirt

like a very hard man.

Source: “Shia LaBeouf: Hollywood's Last Bad Boy” by Aaron Gell, Details, August 2011


Sexy Sexy       

sexy sexy sexy sexy sexy sexy sexier sexy sexy


She was raised on cowboy films
—the baseline stuff—
chased that gold rush,
fought for an echo,
beat me up so bad.

Source: “Shia LaBeouf says he scared 'Lawless' co-star Mia Wasikowska so much, she almost left the film” by Hollie McKay, Fox News, August 2012


I Land

I land and it’s humbling,
come from whatever collar
is lower than blue.

This is hip bone—
the skin that was left over.
I trade in my boxers now,
up early,
I’m real-time all day long.

You give the strings
and they say
open up,

Source: “He's So Money” by Adam Sachs, GQ, March 2010


Hey Boss

You become edible,
you become curiosity,
never out in the open,
never a part of their lexicon.
You can be whatever the fuck
you give up.

Source: “Shia Labeouf's Arrested Development” by Peter Rubin, Details, August 2008


The Genius

The genius of information:
it’s a river.

The problem:
the language was authorized to censor.

Source: ““Authorship Is Censorship” – Bleeding Cool In Conversation With Shia LaBeouf” by Rich Johnston, Bleeding Cool, January 2014


These pieces are erasure poems sourced from media interviews with actor Shia LaBeouf. Punctuation, capitalization, and line breaks have been altered but no words were added beyond the source text—LaBeouf’s own words from his interviews.


image: Tara Wray