Like Milk Only Not Milk

It isn’t as if I’m not already fully aware of the fact It flatters you to see that I hate you enough To weave that hostility into my poetry You get a cheap kind of thrill Watching my heart spill Into those words It’s like milk Only It’s not milk Severed arteries pour Onto the […]

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With the agony of Keats

I want to be acquainted esoterically With the wilting agony of Keats I want a feverish apex in Italy To end with metaphysical conceit I want to aspirate on avarice I want the Reaper’s lust To be ravenous I want to succumb To a sickness of lung I want to be a poet of unspeakable rarity […]

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impossible

It’s true I’m hopeless Hopelessly infatuated With impossibilities The reason being, simply Everything else there is Or ever was Or ever will be Fucking      b o r e s       me It’s true I’m impossible Impossibly hopeful For opposition The reason being, simply Everyone else there is Or ever was Or ever will be […]

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when not for lack of

I dare not love you Nor should thee, ever Dare in loving me Fruit can not be thieved When unable to bloom For this Let us unanimously agree There loom no tangerines On the gnarled branch Of the sycamore tree Nor can lemons sprout Among the devout leaves Of laurels For this let there Ne’er […]

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Escape from waking

Dearly departed William Dwells in eternal repose Having composed his ode’s Blood of the mind disclosed By gentle shine of beeswax His wisdoms kin to flaxen sheep That lie quietly among iambic lions Lulled to sleep by the weeping Of star cross’d tragedy His solemn muse declare’d indiscreet To sleep, perchance to dream… For therein […]

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The Chase

The hunt had ended Once the conceit of the cornets had ceased The shrill staccato of French horns Silenced by the day’s defeats As had the deeply throated howls From a once-frenzied pack of hounds Joyless from the journey’s futilities A parade of downtrodden canine In languid retreat Their consolations culling in the faint outline Of […]

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in that moment

  in that moment the song was a string quartet rendition of ‘you’ve got the love’ we stood on stained wood a cliffside deck constructed methodically around  the amorphous trunks of elderly pine its foundations seemed to delight  in defying the heights levitating over an enormous gorge as did we gazing off in every direction  […]

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wounded

there’s a hole that gapes in the cage of my chest  like an unlatched door made of derelict flesh inviting of song birds to lovingly perch their melodies filling my injury’s church with arteries pinched blue jays stake homes beneath the feet of finches on branches of bone my body though wounded became a safe […]

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may you never know

the sweet, intuitive girl having glimpsed the stern ghosts in steadfast residence gathered on damp rafters behind my eyes inquired with all the benignity of a newborn butterfly “why do people cry…?” darling child of mine may you never know what love is when denied for someone to sleep while you weep may your dainty heart […]

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the fatal law of femininity

  the fatal law of femininity within confines articulates the gravitas of unyielding fidelity as if prison walls painted of rose briar’s are disguised from their design of captivity — a. duncan, 2019    

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(these birds do not return)

he never answers me (completely) I hold my breath ‘til the arrival of death lovingly buried  clutching a bouquet  of foolish hopes and marigolds still, in the after I toss my loyalties like doves into the discontented sky with their endless questioning rupturing with vulnerabilities woven in velvet thread  yet these birds… …do not return  […]

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enough

  My heart hunkers like a rabid stray in a kind of solemn starvation. It is delirious and pregnant with hunger. It wanders aimlessly beneath a sky of voluptuous constellations. Quietly resenting the moon’s ability to change the tides. It waits for fate to demonstrate some kind of charity. For a respite from a marriage […]

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e.r. saved me

i wanted to write an injury library labyrinthine a brutal myriad of atrocious words blatantly syllabic manifest trajectories lacking apology  trip wire typography fertile insurgency involuntary intracasies bloodletting ballpoint antagonist signatures benzodiazepine clouds perfectly complimenting a nihilistic intellect delinquent verses psychosomatic  provocateur semantics a thousand reasons in noxious counterpoint tender collections of collapsed lungs collaboration […]

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then and there

it was then and there  that surrender was declared such an unforeseen disarmament  in that very moment with the restless smile  of inevitable failure every sinew fell obedient  to the resemblance of oblivion  for he, like an incurable fever was slowly killing me and my fury heating  like mercury in a glass coffin while shadow boxing […]

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