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July 25, 2018 / barton smock

mercy musics (i and ii)

mercy musics (i)

this is where
her name
is changed

to dog, not

where her father believes
he can stab
a bird
and talk
to ladders

ladder, longing

eats only
the hungry

these are my
stick, and haunted,


and what’s
more, it’s mostly
this lost



mercy musics (ii)

angel, with urn, sleepy

as a hoofprint
is not
a dreamer

of unmarked
edens, but is

of the child

who buried
a mouth
to imagine
a pig

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