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August 14, 2020 / barton smock

no great turtle to straighten the dead

no great turtle
to straighten
the dead
no
not here
in Ohio

an Ohio
that eats
its weight
in spiders
an Ohio

of slow
obsessions
effortless
sorrows

a lifejacket
on fire
a pebble
named
after blood’s
ear
a thunderclap

the late
crawl
of a dizzy
child

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