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Other Thoughts from the Darkling Plain

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the world inside shrinking, the world outside shrinking

for the queen of lapis lazuli

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you kissed me, once,/ kindergarten, recall--/ behind my ear./ called/ 'bee sting'

Nursery Rhymes Made Easy

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Nursery rhymes can be fun, but they can also be a source of great frustration. Haven’t you ever started reciting a nursery rhyme and then realized that you didn’t remember the whole thing?

A Matter Of Convenience

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Every retailer within my five mile containment zone is consumed with my convenience. It is incredibly comforting, this suburban fixation with access, proximity, speed, and ubiquity. If Marx were hanging out in American subdivisions today, he would likely

The Twist

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The Puerto Rican girls had a big color television. We would go to their house to watch Batman and on Saturday mornings the cartoons such as Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Flinstones, The Beatles, and The Jetsons. The girls taught me to eat the bone marrow of f

The Amazing Adventures of Macro-Microbe

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Macro-Microbe parked his car and proceeded on foot, which was a misnomer because he had no feet. Typical for Manhattan, no one gave him a second glance except for a homeless woman who tried to sell him hand-sanitizer. Macro-Microbe locomoted himself insid

Song: Three Good Hubcaps, music by Tom Casesa

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Stewart Graff At The End Of The World

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Epiphany on a July Morning

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It's that day in July when you feel really bummed because you can't find your favorite white sleeveless shirt that you wear on the hottest days of the yea

Marine Forecast

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A favorite place doesn't always offer comfort.

The technological Judas delivers no kiss

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you are a necessary exercise in futility

The Difference Between Stone and Sand (Prologue excerpt)

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Twice a day, at high tide, the ocean goes down on the cliffside.

she laughs now with wine

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was about a girl/he never met/across cold steel tracks/at cold sunsets.

Wal-Mart El Cid

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another traffic jamming cart


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Every day, a fresh new/ strain of Hell reveals itself


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Everyone falls,


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There is nothing left to say. Won't it last? I'm daydreaming again with my green-eyed head snoozing on my tilted toward a godforsaken boredom hand anyway. I'm one of the last peasants joining the harboring crowd from where I'm standing.…

In Pieces

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At thirteen he laid his seventeen-year-old neighbor, under the smell of agarbatti cones and to the keening of Physical Graffiti. She was kind, generous, and surely less beautiful than he remembered.

confronting the nonconfrontational

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You borrow words from platforms you could never build Borrow morals from a party gone sour

The Model

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This is the world of an urgent art, the room silent, except for the constant sound of the camera.

After all

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The questions piled up so high I thought I'd neverget through the door.The ease of alcohol, the incline of submission. Guttural sounds and spittle.Wipe down the morning afterwith a shower.Redress in last night's clothes.There's coffee if you want it.Sincerity too -no,…

Eli in the Middle of the Night

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I stood like Eli in the middle of the night.

Edward Ogle the Dickinson

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Hope is the thing playing checkers

Kung Fu Fighting

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Everybody was Kung Fu FightingThose kids were fast as lightningIn fact, it was a little bit frightening-Carl DouglasI'll ask a man, any man I am interested in if he has ever been to Iguazu Falls and if he answers no, I will know we have something in common. I have…

My Plastic Dreams

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Once, in the past or future, but definitely not in the present, I worked as a transportation minister for a friendly dictator, whose name was neither Hitler, nor Stalin, nor Kim Jong-Un, but whose mustache was toothbrush, whose smile was sardonic to the p

After getting sober through a bout of Bukowski

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Some Few Further Notions Post-Brexit

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“I stopped, faced by the appalling uselessness of explaining anything whatever to anyone whatever. Those who know can divine me, and for those who can not or will not understand, it would be useless to go on explaining.”

hem didn't believe it either

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if you were to ask me now/ what I remember from those days

Counter intuit

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My God. It never ends