Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Horse Horse Hyphen Hyphen

Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Horse Horse Hyphen Hyphen

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BORDER GHAZALS

I.

I hate, I love, I don't know how I'm biracial, I'm torn in two

Tonight, he will lock me in fear In the metal detector of love

Rapeflowers, rapeseeds, rapiers A soldier's wry offerings

He will press his tongue Into my neighing throat

I can speak three dialects badly I want you now behind the blue door

In a slow corridor of dreams I saw Nanking from a bilge

Some ashes fell on his lap I'm afraid it's my mother

The protocol is never to mention her While we are fucking

II.

The bad conceit, the bad conceit police will arrest you Twin compasses, twin compasses cannot come

Your father is not a car, not a compass and not God Though he vanished in his sky blue convertible Galaxy with a blonde

He kept crawling back to us, back to us Each time with a fresh foot mangled

One emperor was named Lickety, the other named Split Suddenly, the soup of chaos makes sense

Refugees roaming from tent to tent to tent, looking for love The banknote is a half note, an octave above God

O the great conjugator of curses: shit, shat, have shut! …

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