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Exit, with the Body

And out of remorse, I would pay

my debt with medicine—

I’m a Latinist, empirically, with my butane

flame. I would

1. Keep out of all cities

2. Raid the costume shop marvelously for Clarence’s head

3. Speak seditiously in society

—yet I would pull verdicts and revelation from Life.

And on the Internet

I browse for an answer to the coarseness

of the age, the erotics of the West I now give as émigré.

When in doubt, I go to the dictionary.

I put the utensils in the sink.

The fish dressed in newspaper burn in my reply—

two quietly listening minds hush, feeling, constantly, nostalgia

for the world.

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