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November 1, 2018 / barton smock

{on changes and sameness}

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dying brother with microscope

last night
a horse
left Ohio
and waited
seven seconds
before
clopping back

(all cats had my sister’s tongue)

angels
had fingernails

and fish food
taste

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palimpsest

illness
as diary
we

are underwater
where eating
was discovered

(this is our
joke
that on land
god is waiting
to cut
a birthday cake
for the non
born
the non
below…

our grief comes in pairs
to the animal
it looks
most like

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ankle musics

i.

nothing’s unabsorbed twin

ii.

pronouns / for faith

iii.

a jester,
in night clothes, a jailed

iv.

fork…

v.

when was it
these mirrors
touched

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