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I say her- it might be him-/ but from a distance I supply the details I prefer.

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Bruce kept his seat, waiting for those in the aisle to begin filing out. But they weren’t moving, and neither was he.

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No twinkle- so, planet, not star./ And bright, so either Venus/ or Jupiter. I’m guessing, Jupiter.


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For a few/ vivid weeks, deciduous shrubs and trees/ will seem to glow like flames and embers

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Once you learn to dance you never forget.

El Dia de los Muertos

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When you think I'm not looking, I always am. You say it's like nicotine, your best analogy as a non-smoker. The kind of hit that is hard to live without and isn't it human nature, you ponder.

Walking With Cyclop

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I was looking for a house in the French countryside. A small farm, to be precise, one I could buy and rent out. With separate accommodation for me to live in during summer. A place in which I could continue with my studies under a different sky, in the warm weather, the…


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A memory exploded inside her . . .

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He said his wife levitated.

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There's a witch in Laurel Canyon.She made Wes a promise.Her bungalow smelled like Parliaments. Parliaments, garlic frying in olive oil. Parliaments, garlic frying in olive, and a freshly opened pack of Red Vines. Wes could have curled up into a ball and fallen asleep on her…


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When I got out I didn't buya new suit of clothes, stepinto a bar, or bargainfor an hour with a whore.I walked from McGee Streetover to Russell and wonderedif Bus 16 still went out of its wayto loop around the traffic knotat the shopping mall. It'd drop you thereif you had…

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Is every librarian a poet at heart? I don't know, but a group of librarians recently put their heads together and came up with these library-themed Valentine's Day poems: Roses are red Your book's overdue You've had it for months Which is…

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everything moved in circles like the music, the booze and the drugs


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They struck him just above his right eye, gashed him good. A scar-leaving gash. There was blood.


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... and August's drought/ will yellow lawns, singe the shrubs,/ and amplify cicada song.

Yet More from The Chronicles of His Demise

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The Muse//has used/ me up


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Got something inside me hard as nails keeps me walking upright ain't never failed

Blades of Grass

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What are the odds of August rain in Texas?


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Senseless, inevitable.