A fourteen-line poem on time and money

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1. Time is thought of as the movement toward the

2. other person. The

3. absolutely other.

4. Like the woman on the plane

5. who yanked the head off a chicken

6. pulled fifty bucks from its insides

7. then stuffed the dead chicken into a bag

8. and threw it away.

9. If insatiable desires describe us

10. never do we escape the boundaries of the self.

11. She was arrested, right there on the plane

12. for having placed a dead bird in the trash

13. and not for the fifty bucks

14. which she had stolen.

Julie Carr’s most recent book is Objects from a Borrowed Confession. Real Life: An Installation will be out next year. She lives in Denver.

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