In the Residual

When is satisfaction anything more than an abstraction? When the hands beneath the sheets tease to completion? When milky secretions cling to the corners of unclasped lips? When the bliss felt in a kiss precedes the venom in the after? When the grandeur of a fantasy grows increasingly bleak? When the risqué existence is no […]

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leones et agnos

If given the unfortunate choice Of playing the perpetual victim Or assuming the “undesirable” role Of the reprehensible villain Which would I take? Without the need to hesitate I would plainly state, “Quickly— fetch me my dagger and a goddamn cape.” If it pleases thee To burn me at the stake? That’s… actually great Fry […]

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Failure of Appraisal

“But mathematics is the sister, as well as the servant, of the arts and is touched by the same madness and genius.” — Marston Morse Numbers had always been the enemy My least favorite absolutes They’re non-amicable exponentials Adversarial fractions Codependent coefficients Periphery, skulking bitterly In the grand accounting of things I told myself what […]

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of forbidden visions

simplicity, a white ermine visits cemeteries in disrepair concealed in wisps of speckled pelt rare and gossamer masked she’s a darling, winged little deity slackened on the velvet isolation of obsolete death here she imbibes, in strange excess among the harmlessness of moonlight from a carafe of devil’s kiss empowered in the absence of piety and […]

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blue velvet dress

I must confess I’m the devil  in a blue velvet dress writing pagan poetry  detailed impeccably unnerved by inconsistency idle hands, indian giving its worth admitting  when my axis shifts I go tumbling down a technicolor rabbit hole  misconceptions counted by an invisible metronome landing in a menagerie of careless flattery where rejection is both  […]

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the remedy

  we are requiem we are misery’s repetition we are hesitation’s recognizance we are definitions we are sacrificial hymns we are the consequences we are devotions tolerance we are the concessions we are undeserving amnesties we are the restraints we are malicious permission we are failed negotiations we are the tragedies we are we are can’t we […]

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chernobyl green

wyvern woman with arsenic lips strychnine sensibilities she’s forgiveness restrictive passion’s paralytic rescinded feminine formaldehyde apocalypse eyes chernobyl green cyanide and fury fermented turmoil intoxication she contemplates adoration’s antidote an ungrateful heart ineffective venom careless consumption be careful with chemistry pride is poisonous — a.duncan, 2016          

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