In My Kid Bed, Sleeping, Shotguns Stored Below

Each night the head-first of me hoisted in the maelstrom. I see
the clotted system, hear all of it, a chorus of clasping iron. Children lowered
into swimming holes with cranes. Villages galvanized and feasting. I carry

a license to conceal my stereo. Everything I bend or handle is low-voice,
half-void and peeling around the collar. A man cradles his inherited
toxin. Large tears in his foul weather gear. Cars hang from power lines.

People trapped inside raise fingers to the tigers prowling. The whole populace
swings on tethers above a blue fire that dilates, reclines. I’m not familiar
with the grand accident. I pause to fall down repeatedly. The swamp

is bruised with runoff, backwash, overflow. Look around you, say something
to anybody
. One daisy among smashed down fruit. A caucus stirs
in the outer banks, shallow words, gravel flying.

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  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Illusion of One 1
  • In Sleep the Brain Retrieves a Snake 5
  • Please Do Not Touch 7
  • Elegy 9
  • If I Think about It 10
  • Female Dorm, Barcelona 11
  • The Empty Museum 12
  • How Are You Feeling? 14
  • Cage 15
  • All Night I Felt My Teeth Loosening 17
  • Return 21
  • More Than One Way to Drown 22
  • To Know It Again 24
  • Olfaction 25
  • In My Kid Bed, Sleeping, Shotguns Stored below 26
  • Vision 27
  • Friendship South 30
  • What to Name This 31
  • The Same and the Next 32
  • Spoil Song 35
  • Desire 36
  • Trichotillomania 38
  • Staff after Hours 39
  • Crush 40
  • Audition 41
  • Gustation 42
  • Tryst 43
  • In a Time of Transition 45
  • Since He Asked 46
  • Marriage 47
  • Imperfectly Divided 51
  • Capgrass Syndrome 52
  • For Better 53
  • Problems to Solve- Methods Invented 54
  • Synaptic Sprawl 55
  • Cotard Syndrome 56
  • Café, Person Crying 57
  • Utility 59
  • Off Season 60
  • Notes 63
  • Poets out Loud - Prize Winners 66
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