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The Smaller Half of the L for Haj Ross

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The Smaller Half of the L for Haj Ross

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Having learned the eroticism of font, fleshy inner curves of y and u, still it loved a life of quiet recumbency, recompense for such a stealthy pensive, a prostrate liquifier. Litotes, Lowell (Robert), Lake Wobegon. Lake Wobegon began to tempt the smaller half of the L. Your other half is bigger, said the lake, careful not to name itself for fear the smaller hall would understand. In fact, said the lake, you are more like a third, the words lobbing out from the lake like birds heavy and dazed. Other letters gathered around, fake grazing on the periods the lake discarded. You are no half but a third.

The smaller half of the L aspired to a Chinese ideogram, a palimpsest obsessed with meaning in a forest of fools. Here, it would say to the masses as they gathered around the roots of many-voweled trees, This portion of me symbolizes truth, this portion the honeybee, this the twenty-third hour of the finest summer day, this the rat's gnawed skull of which there are three, this the herring bone one may shape into a comb, and this is mother, and this the oval of the lake but not the lake, at which point it always awoke. A few Os scurried about. Oh, yawned the larger half of the L, you again. Here, come fold in close to me.

Your other half is bigger, said the lake. Other letters gathered around, fake lazing about downtrodden Ws and Vs, their bowls catching rain water, bloated and lamenting. The lake continued: Some letters will never reach the shore. Some are terribly divided. You know what became of Q, don't you? The smaller half of the L faked knowing. It was an old story told by his grand L, a time when words were still gathered by the hand and legion. Q, he knew, attempted a coup bur fell in with an ill-tempered group bent and umlaut-adorned, their smaller halves shorn in spite. …

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