Kingdom / Kingdom 2

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Kingdom

 

In the kingdom,

the open mouths

 

of flowers

aren’t asking.

 

*

 

When you say she’s “gone,”

you mean she’s home.

 

She’s sheets

 

Cold

cirrus fingers.

 

Or she’s expected soon

at the big air-space

gala.

 

*

 

In other words,

she speaks

 

and ruffled yellow throats

trumpet your arrival

 

at the Courtyard

Marriott

 

tomorrow

 

 

Kingdom 2

 

“Sharon is Karen.”

I never said that.

 

I just said,

“Get into the picture.”

 

*

 

Phoneme clusters?

These things happen.

 

*

 

“Flock together,”

we say,

 

when we don’t say,

“Opposites attract.”

Rae Armantrout's most recent books are Versed, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Money Shot, and Just Saying. She teaches poetry and poetics at UC San Diego.

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