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Lucky for mama, he doesn't like for his women to work.

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Call it a spell or a prayer or a ritual; it worked.

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you notice some of what you need― a pressure of something you've intended, somewhere without a place,

A Poet in a Coffeeshop in the Motherfucking Nineties

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Look at her. She doesn't want to be here. The kiss and “wouldn't miss it for the world” was as empty as her crossed arms, crossed legs, and jittery foot were loaded. She attacked the foam of her latte with a tiny red straw. I wanted to scream. Complain about the…

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in White Heat there’s a character who reads lips using a mirror to see the mouths of prisoners in other cells that’s how I feel when I talk with you

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“That man loves you,” my mother said, and I knew it was time to wrench the conversation in another, more mundane, direction like the latest episode of Project Runway or how I was thinking of repainting my living room. …

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I don't think dogs like to die with the pack. The smell of them rotting brings trouble in the wild,

No doubt... no donuts

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Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea goddamn culpa....

Straight to Jimbo

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like the dome of an immense lamp like blades of grass at the sweep of the scythe like a line of cliffs against a tempestuous tide

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Follow the money. It seeks/ the lowest of the low and finds them here/ in an embarrassing abundance.

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You make a wedding gift personal, see, otherwise you go on the register. I was new to weddings, so I'd looked it up, and even NPR said don't go on the register.

Hands of a City

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On the usefulness of hands.

The River Flows

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powerless against the memory of the earth-bank and the river flows, through a susurrus field of a million quills

Love Me Like It's Midnight

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We are young That’s all we’ve got We take drugs We smoke pot You got mugged And I got shot We are young That’s all we’ve got I want you to love me like it’s midnight Midnight, midnight Yeah, your mama wants you home But she knows

Procedural

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Val walks through the world, absorbed in the day to day. A plainspoken narrator drones on in his mind. The nondescript voice marks time to the beat of Val's banal footfall, hums along with the whir of Val's modest, midsize sedan. The narration is loudest in the twilight…

A Stubborn Stain

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Like a stain it stood out vividly against the pastel background of her mind - an incident in her past Paula seemed to be unable to forget. Every so often it rattled her and frequently left her with a vision that forced her to rub her eyes until they turned…

The Man With the Hairy Back

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It’s strange, what will become of me What my life will be like Since the animal in me Is beginning to show on my back Oh no, no, no Women will never put up with this I was afraid this would happen They’ll think I’m only half a man I’

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With all that's going on in the world I thought perhaps we could all use a little love poem: It doesn't have to be force grown betweenus. We entwine naturally. It's agood feeling to have a friend who at oncedoesn't require a hothouse ceiling laidbetween each invisible…

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... he led what might be called a quiet life

Diamonds in the Fog

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The wildlife smuggler grabbed me while I was in winter torpor. He wrapped me in cloth, taped my wings down and put me in a pouch. We crossed the seas. In a new country he sold me to a bird collector. There I was in a cage, far from my…

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When I first arrived/footling-breeched/you two were there/ahead of me.

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I wake up with the taste of mud in my mouth. Ashy, sulfurous, charred, with traces of rotten shellfish.

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It’s the unfinished sentences Of the children on our refrigerators That worry me the most It’s the Fake News It’s all the people Living in their shopping carts Without shoes It’s the abandoned shoe On the street And the Abandoned S

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Mercury and Gemini disappointed.

Paws in Snow

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I suppose I'm getting nostalgic. The white landscape is suddenly interlacing with my reverie. I must return just for the memory of Blizzie. Faint paw prints in the snow-covered trail. It was walking along a lake, at the foot of a…

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a dry bony voice/from a desiccated soul/coughs up its own throat.

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As the other mammals go extinct,/ we can’t presume we are immune// because of big brains and a history/ of belief in the control of nature.

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Can we survive our Y chromosome?