Got to be starting
some thing. My father used to
minor birds with butcher twine.
Revise each one to be
& after the first course, your corsage flatlines Beautiful convulsions Then, it sprouts wings, thorns, claws its way up
your arm to swallow you goosebump by goosebump
QUEEN AT A PARTY
Does the green dress sheath Herself,
brain included? Married others
shift limb to limb, parakeets on a wire.
Our sons told us to place the steel cleavers we used to butcher hogs and chickens beneath our pillows, in case our enemies appeared.
I wasn’t complaining. I was living / in a land where two double cheeseburgers cost less than a single. / Nice people were passing through the park…
In among the tossed out clothes / and furniture the Sacred Harp--the workmen raised it up / a jet passed overhead white / and perfect as a tooth…
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