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POETRY + PROSE

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The Jackalope

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I have never seen
the crossbreed of legend,
except in artwork,
postcards from Kansas,
ashtrays in roadhouses,
bars and malls.
But I know she survives
by hiding in brome,
scanning the flat
land for predators.
I have wandered alone
on dusty backroads
and railroad tracks,
smelling her stench
in the larkspur.

[history becomes fate when]

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Things Come On

history becomes fate when it’s over with no more disjunct than this world A gateway timeout occurred The server / is unreachable History abounds a keeling curve this starts to be how it gets to keening love filters   :   red void Molly’s mussels live-o while she dies-o — that’s the point, see? _                       A space is a character too One remembers that, if not what The space is more...

Lisa's Flying Electric Piano

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Her full-sized electric piano flew out of my father’s pick up truck. I was driving. Somehow, the base detached from the keyboard, and it all went flying into the busy intersection of 47th St / Main in KC on Saint Patrick’s Day. No one hit it, and Lisa said, “Let’s just throw it in this dumpster,” when we had carried it out of the road. “No,” I said...

The Other Side of the Tracks

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Railroad Tracks

I stand alone on the subway platform four days after Racquel’s burial, unshaven, and cigarette burns in the cuffs of the crumpled silver button-down shirt I put on the morning of her funeral. I toss my phone down into the tracks and check to see if the lights are making the corner down the tunnel. My destination isn’t on the color-coded map stretched along the wall on the other side of the tracks...

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