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May 9, 2018 / barton smock

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kingsoftrain

/. SELF

*recent work

[musics, other]

mother’s
farsick
palm, father’s

pack
of disappearing
nails-

our goldfish
insomnia

~

[lawn musics]

books on arson, grammar, vandalism…

god, multiple owners.

a typewriter
touched by father
at night.

the electric chair my brother imagined
& the hair
my sister…

adam (who’s never known the age of eve

~

[blank elegy]

after death
nothing
(oh citizen)
of god

~

[after field]

bagging the bright mouse in the deer faith of my youth

(missed
appropriately
by any
father
said bone
is all the light
blood
gets…

proof / my last / ghost

and secrecy
genetic

~

[I still bring snow]

I think mom’s new dog must have the bones of a kite. I have a lover, now. a he, a beekeeper. a she if she saddens in the nearness. a nothing, a dowry. ghost china. spacesuits for stillborns. under this blanket, a puppet reads to…

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