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May 2, 2019 / barton smock

{ small & before }

[estimations. longings.]

to adopt
the paperwork



/ the broken hand of my whale-watching mother

// bruise
that plays

/// an owl
from the waist



a bookmark made by mother from the fingerprints of god. a stretcher mourned by a ladder. the last nerve of grief. recipe from the beginner’s guide to poverty. neckwear. dream’s comet.



if told by your hands to set myself on fire, I would pray my father into a snake and death would cry in a whale for every bee that lost its voice.


[childlike boredom]

never be more creative than your abuser.

I’ll bring christ, you



[could be you’ll die]

in front of something
god remembers

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