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The Toilers

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In the black not dead of night, she gathers them; slowly,diligently placing the cansand bottles into two large plasticbags strung across a long piece of wood; this is her money work. She is small, but her bodyhas the choreography down:sift, search, lift,…

marc bolan

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marc bolan mind rolling

The Bedbugs

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Cockroaches in bed was the last straw. Alicia was sure she’d swallowed one in the middle of the night . . .

An Extremely Complex Fall Evening

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Soon the entire sky load of constellations was carried across the bumpy fields

Painting with Big Mama

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I still see Big Mama leaning over her garden to pick a zinnia to put in her still life. Her old pink slip, hanging diagonally a foot under her hiked up, ragged, stained dress, half covered by her paint smock, which matched her white, faux fur, bedroom sli

Consent In The Age Of Kevin Spacey

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"I didn't ask you to unhook my bra." her words were blunt and bitter in blue and white iMessaging font. A gap of an hour went by and he grappled with what to say next. "I'm sorry." was all he finally came up with. "I thought you wanted me to. You

Pounded Flat Pat, Ch. 3: SITTIN' IN CHURCH

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What about God? Well, at least you sat there. You could go to breakfast later.

Advice from the Receptionist

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The president is truculent today.

Echo

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When the poet loves,/ I said, quoting the poet,/ he loves himself.

Kissing In a Warm Car

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Then I did the same to you, inhaling your scent which was one thing at your hairline and another at your collarbone.

Jesus, Zombie

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"Jesus was a zombie?" I ask, shocked.

Silent Noodles, Swimming Pools and the ACLU: What I Learned From Magazines This Week

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You might want to think twice before inviting Henry David Thoreau to your next dinner party...

Terror Management Theory: The Joy Knee

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I could reach out and grab this world by the p...

It’s About This Drawing ...

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Shall I or shall I not? Will I or ... ? I'm pacing up and down the footpath, looking in the shop windows: a hairdresser's salon, a massage parlour, a piercing studio, a tattoo shop. The street that sees me as a regular.I've been hesitating for quite a few months now,…

What Gorillas 'Talk' About When Gorillas 'Talk' About Love

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Eons later, Bobo evolves into Shakespeare. Bonus feature: wings.

Dear Mr. Sorrentino

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Unguent

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Spilled milk it is --lactate of common desire;water under the bridge, slow-moving, white. So this is what we feed on: the past and present here for the licking.Sweat is water too,for the hungry, and any past will do. Parched mouths kiss just as well as…

how to kill a dragon dead (except)

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the worm was stabbed where two rivers branch:/who would slay was slain.

The Atlantic

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Phoebe-Lou Adams wrote this of them

Dreams That Sorrow Owns

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Maybe tomorrow someone dreams And maybe someone moans But beware the steam inside the dome It’s just dreams that sorrow owns If it resonates, say so Ho in a raccoon coat Slow bum ahead If it resonates, say so, say so And her man, yo

November Is The Month Of Dying

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Two weeks after All Souls’ Day, he trudges through the overgrown pasture behind the farmhouse, his head bent, intent on his footing, a shovel his walking stick.

Out of the Woods

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No, your clever costume won’t protect you.

Monday

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Always in a hurry/to spoil your/weekend

Slap Happy

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If you were a poem / it’d be called/ Better Homes and Gardens.

Circumstance

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In a time of drought,/ the sound of rain is sweet/ and joyful music.

The Player

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He played real good But never looked At no one Strong guitar Weak knees

All About the Tumor

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Stupidity is not a mask; it is the face / and it is the face that betrays us / always.

I'd Be Happy To Date You When Hell Freezes Over -- One Single Librarian's Collection Of Online Dating Profile Turnoffs

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Dude -- I DON'T want to date your boat!

Arcana Magi Zero + Pure - c.2

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Mayumi approached them; her memories of their faces from the texts they received from each other had come alive.

I Would Make the Worst Cable News Anchorwoman Ever

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I'd laugh, cry, splutter with confusion or outrage. I'd probably say “Duh” a lot, grow pale, flush, and wink at the viewers. I'd furrow my eyebrows, raise one or both, and my eyes would narrow, widen,…