Like

We like
what we like.
There is no way to know
what we like till
we see it. So
surprise us. Could be April
and not sweet rain but snow
blowing down wet soot
through the bare
branches. Make us
laugh. Inspire us
to such feelings as seem
appropriate to the matter.
We don’t care whether it’s cut
into lines or comes in
blocks of prose.

Make us cry.

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Face

The face you wear before
waking up, woken by
the twinge of a nipple,
the baby’s cry an awareness
of loss. You are missing
something. Not
something, you are
what’s missing. The face
you wear before anyone
sees you. Before
you are anyone, seeing.

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Talisman

I thought I had escaped death
that one time and that
other time, but it hung
about me a talisman
in the shape of a toad.
It is important to note
I had two arms, two legs
the full use of them.
Sunlight funneled down
a long corridor, I had
the ability like anyone
to move towards it

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Body

I stand perfectly still and wait
for my body, all day
if I have to, listening
to those who whisper
my name, Jesus
Allah and the others
who have it all wrong,
we are all of us sinners
and none of us are
any different whether we
cover ourselves in silver
or gold or make it
all up as we go

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Double

My double is not out there
but right here, feeding
quarters into a meter
be careful I want to
tell her don’t drop any
this is fabliaux
wherein
you dip the length
of a horn solo
to save the falling
woman only she’s not
a woman she’s James
Franco posing as
Cindy Sherman posing
as me

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Delay

Delay
the only thing standing
between us delay
what you said out of
muscle memory how
my body moves when
I think to curl
around another
in love is only
delay the illusion
of standing still or
hoping to stop what
is always moving

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Question

Question
got down from the hood of the car
she was due in Australia
gold dust smearing her skin
Question
they said
the light is shit
let’s try this one more time
the glassy hour that
flashes high on a woman’s back
Question
her voice
a thick scar a daguerreotype
it can’t get any better
than it is, was
ever

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