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Kingdom / Kingdom 2
A poetics
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Kingdom

 

In the kingdom,

the open mouths

 

of flowers

aren’t asking.

 

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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.

 

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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.”

 

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Phoneme clusters?

These things happen.

 

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“Flock together,”

we say,

 

when we don’t say,

“Opposites attract.”