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August 14, 2018 / barton smock

person Simon Henry Stein

ISACOUSTIC*

Simon Henry Stein is a writer and composer whose work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Always Crashing, Electric Lit, and XRAY.

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Five Fragments from Pale Calendar

1.

the rules unravel

some old vermillion or burnt curtain


I was a light-tongued fortuneteller who would not

bleed as planned


by the throat

by the throat

now is the time for all young men

2.

are there still trees there, and meaning

not subject to spin


this is not the right concrete, and not stolen


come home, all is forgiven, in the hills

too few enemies to gather a light

3.

I always was awake is what you

could have presented as an explanation

or a gift


condensed to a hot white point

nothing is parallel or straight

any other embrace or salutation

all the forever


now all of the nights have names

some of them are named after…

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