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Richard Siken

Sometimes the man felt like the bird and sometimes the man felt like a stone—solid, inevitable—but mostly he felt like a bird, or that there was a bird inside him, or that something inside him was like a bird fluttering. — Richard Siken, from “The Language of the Birds,” War of the Foxes (Copper Canyon… Continue reading Richard Siken

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Richard Siken

Hello darling, sorry about that.                                                      Sorry about the bony elbows, sorry welived here, sorry about the scene at the bottom of the stairwell                                   and how I ruined everything by saying it out loud.            Especially that, but I should have known.You see, I take the parts that I remember and stitch them back together           to… Continue reading Richard Siken

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Richard Siken

Oh we’re a mess, poor humans, poor flesh—hybrids of angels and animals, dolls with diamonds stuffed inside them We’ve been to the moon and we’re still fighting over Jerusalem. Let me tell you what I do know: I am more than one thing, and not all of those things are good. — Richard Siken, from… Continue reading Richard Siken

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