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Control Group

Blind babies smile on the same

schedule as those with sight.

Consumers will pay more

for leather made from the skin

of an animal never bitten by mosquitoes.

Either the mute child spoke

in full sentences alone in the dark

or the monitors picked up ghosts

of pelicans streaming over the bridge.

A solitary locust may seem far

removed from a depressed person.

Mice are the second most successful

mammal. A monkey on board

a Jupiter AM-18 rocket is a hero.

Miss Baker. A monkey in a cage

is a number. In the wild,

the only way to separate a monkey

from her infant is to kill her.

In this next experiment, your child

is kidnapped and broadcast

back to you on a wide, flat screen,

an orphan crying himself to sleep in the dirt.

#433 hangs from her mother’s tit

while one cage over her twin #434

throws his body against the bright

steel walls of his enclosure.

from Little StrangerFind it in the library

Copyright © 2013 Lisa Olstein
Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc.
on behalf of Copper Canyon Press.

Published in Lisa Olstein Poems

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