from Sound Net Sequence
Pretty wrong, that she was forced to wash, hang, and iron her brother’s life. In church, her teeth tingled. Ancients measured bounty by stringing youth with lead or gold, their quiet everything. Straying from these hurts, her thought antlered to a four-pointed idea. One: dwell in a woe, or forfeit four walls’ benefit. Two: whiskey leavens. Three: if God is love, are tempests naughty love-talk? A bumptious start to a bad-ass sail into ontology, she knew. Four: she baked for buttered night, still thin and fallow.
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[FIRST LOVE] A rooster’s topknot tours the rugged wind. A hound ripped its face. Inside, some mirrors err. When ceiling tiles like maps of France dapple silk bed-lace with a water stain’s mock-sweat, who’s the booby? He’s nuts for you, his warm thin hair surrounds you like a hoop skirt. He willingly directs harpies to refrigerated trees sloughing their snow-skin just when they run under, vile as a dog pack. Each chick winces in the factory when a handler sears its beak, you saw that documentary. Their hands have to be gentle.
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Like a granite island quarried to oblivion, her husband’s memory chips. Time crawled with hammer, auger, chisel and maul—handed Eve a blunt drill bit, broke her old man to paving stones. Nearly in tune, his jazz guitar changes chords; that meander can corrode or flutter hearts. Men auger shame from a tin nonentity, pot whistling to the kettle, naming each ruddy organ wrong—profound baptism into nights without work or love’s leviathan hum.