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Nurturing people into junkies

par for the course

 

pills & fear

& salt & sugar & grease

 

@the dollar store

they did have a choice

 

 

Softly killing them softly

 

@consumerist rates

science isn’t final

 

on a few points if you want

to smear smear

 

just don’t misconstrue me

I get paid well for it

 

 

And poets who get paid as much

 

wholly we listen to them

don’t get all Che on me cheri

 

my patients my

as if I own them

 

as long as they’re nothing

but patients

 

 

And they me of course

 

they are called lives

this life loved you

 

that one got you a newsboy cap

gift card for fancy steak

 

or asked you to her house

or funeral

 

 

In tyranny there’s also love

 

as gesture & as such

compassion is easy

 

a deductible or co-pay

or who’d do this calling

 

“we-anoint-you-demigod”

a who’s who club

 

 

As for mass murder

 

it doesn’t need to occur

acutely in order

 

for it to be that

It’s not the hell one enters

 

but the hell one enters others into

& also enters

Fady Joudah's most recent poetry collection is Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance (Milkweed Editions, 2018). He's a recipient of the Yale Series prize and a Guggenheim fellowship for poetry.

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