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January 3, 2018 / barton smock


through January 4th, Lulu is offering 15% off all print books with coupon code of JAN15


through December 28th, 15% off all print books at Lulu with coupon code of BOOKCALSAVE

my most recent self-published {everything I touch remembers being my hand} is there, here:


some recent poems:


can I miss
my body
with yours
our blood
the loneliest


[rarefactions]for Kazim Ali

pain has no spirit, I am never

so sad
that I can’t
the neighbor’s
car, probably

you won’t
survive, babies

are all
the same, I recite

what sounds
pretty, it seems

less happens
in the winter, to animals

and bread



I saw nothing fantastic.

an angel
freezing to death
in a somersault. a mirror

coming out of its skin. emptiness

the size of a pea
no pea




in the blue church of my father’s thirst

I wear it


like an eye-patch, and emerge


from the uncooked blood

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