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Nick Flynn

You know the way Jesus
rips open his shirt
to show us his heart, all flaming and thorny,
the way he points to it. I’m afraid
the way I’ll miss you will be this obvious.

— Nick Flynn, from “Emptying Town,” Some Ether. (Graywolf Press; 1st Graywolf Printing edition May 1, 2000)

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