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Special Feature — Word Poems
Poems containing the words rescued, minority, cashew, and bonnet.
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Fourteen, tops, she's the kind of pretty
they paste false lashes on and falsies,
splash over the cover of Cosmo;
the kind of creamy-pretty men love to spoil.
like violet muddled in, we practiced
stillness impossible for men, struck as we were
by love, and by the moonlit pastels
lovers turned for us
under a cloud-veiled moon
moves through the night
I remember when the legs of girls
Who swam in pale orange ponds shadowed by gum trees
Were with their curves and knees
The most precious things I had ever seen.
Draped with seaweed, the monsters of the night
lift their heads like sad waterlilies
I have lost my dreams at the bottom of the lake.
The cement life cast of my neurosis
Came out surprisingly real.
However, someone put heart stickers over my boobies--again.
As a child I knew a word for
as a child I knew the words of true
Wrangler shorts frayed at the cheekline.
Colt .45 mute in its holster.
Mauled by brambles in her halter
Tracker Jill has lost the scent.
I give you
shishkebab of heart, smoking,
speared on a spit;
After her companion
disappears, my abandoned
pet snake coils around
the molted skin her mate left
A Different Sameness
blankets sixth avenue
like a bonfire, paints
a fleck of morning
on her arms
is not exactly
made of steel,
smoke and iron are not its soul