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Jan Heller Levi

We should have known. Should have known to leave well enough alone; we knew, and we didn’t. You said let’s put our cards on the table, your card was your body, the table my bed, where we didn’t get till 4 am, so tired from wanting what we shouldn’t that when we finally found our… Continue reading Jan Heller Levi

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Victoria Chang

Where you counsel me on lips and throat. Where / you love the hiss of my atom. Where the ocean is zero / miles from everywhere. Here, madness has no map. / Here, God is abridged. O to be loved this way. / To have lips that bear fruit. To be cancelled. — Victoria Chang,… Continue reading Victoria Chang

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Charles Wright

The afternoon Dissolves in my mouth, The landscape dwindles and whispers like rice through my dry fingers. Now twilight. Now the bereft bodies Of those who have never risen from the dead glide down Through the dwarf orchard And waver like candle flames                                                    under the peach trees and go out. — Charles Wright, from… Continue reading Charles Wright

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