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reclaim the movies you loved
before they got tangled up
in memories of bitter exes
reclaim the songs that sang your soul
but you had to cast aside because
you heard them at a jo...
saying that you’re good at keeping secrets is
a good way to get people asking you your secrets
which is a very very bad way to keep your secrets
you of course have your secret truths
really I am surprised a store
with as unflattering a name as
DRESS BARN survived THIS long
got THIS far, lived out its life
only went under in mid-2019
can you imagine naming a store ...
Hell isn’t other people.
Hell is seeing other people only as
vehicles for or roadblocks against
your personal enjoyment.
Hell is being so hidebound to
your own damn self you’...
once-purple prose turned to poetics in the violet haze
just as once-flowered hairs gave their way
to a distinguished touch of gray
in the half-century that occurred side-wise
we sighed then too...
“will I still be myself when I become a butterfly”
the caterpillar asked the mother sky above
“or will I be dead and a butterfly just takes my place?”
as he entered into his existential chrysa...
gods left us cursed with ceaseless toil
you gotta till your soil until you’re soil
gods left us cursed with ceaseless toil
souls run through muck until they’re soiled
gods left us cursed with ce...
retrieve your grimoire, Prospero
sunken to the seabed as if some
clipper-ship by tempest tossed
descendant Milanesi money men
ascend against you yet again
more monstrous than any beast ...
some of us have demons
some of us have ghosts
most of us possess both
all of us have something
but most of us have both
I have a lot more ghosts
than I do demons I guess
but that’s not somethin...
coping with loneliness is like flexing a muscle
for a while, it is just a normal thing you have
to do sometimes but too long, it’s a cramp then
a full charliehorse until the point you’ve been ...
you can easily craft a
fiction out of all facts
a fan wears his lucky socks
every game from the first tip
the team he roots for
wins the championship
it was one if by land
and was two if by sea
second-time as a farce
when at first tragedy
so go the bald racist
that once built America now
return and burn...
balance is what’s required to
walk that multifold luminous
with one foot in each side of
some goddamned false dichotomy
without falling to either side
or beginning to imagine that
you’re either a steel-drivin’ man
or you’re driven to steal
baby, this is America, baby
that’s how they tell us to feel
so either get left a mansion
or go push the wheel
inheritance is theft ...
everyone looks like someone else
in the place where you’re from
at least on distant shores
everyone’s a stranger from the start
that’s where I went to change the world
Your relationship with yourself
is as fraught as a subatomic particle.
You can never know at the same time both
where you are and how fast you’re going.
By trying to observe yourself too clos...
the sincerity that can only come from
driving straight through irony once
letting it burn all away and then
coming back to sincerity but wiser
returning to honesty full-circle
this is what fi...
sometimes it isn’t the punch
or the impact of their fist
it is in your gut reaction
it is your instinctive set
of reflexes that it evoked
that’s what really matters
maybe they’re not trying t...
when you finally accept that
we’re all just mostly water
you’ll be able to accept how
truly changeable we all are
we are none of us just one thing
we freeze and we steam
we sublimate, it hap...
may you long outlive your dreams
may you be survived by your legacy
may a better humanity outlive us all
ourselves our dreams our legacies all of it
may it all go on long long long beyond us
the grocery store your parents took
you to as a little kid no longer exists
all the money in the world could not
bring you back there even for a second
it irrevocably no longer exists here
the mystics and statistics
the gods and all the odds
there may be magic out there
but there are a lot more frauds
sometimes it’s a profundity
or sometimes just profanity
I’m sorry for all the times in summer
that I said I would prefer the winter
I was wrong and this is all my fault
blame me totally and I’ll deserve it
I did this, I doomed us all to th...
not so very long ago
when you thought distant strangers
could hear your thoughts
they locked you away
now when not enough distant strangers
hear our every single little thought
it drives u...
when you’re just a little kid
you realize object permanence
that just because things leave
from inside your line of sight
it doesn’t mean they are gone
probably playing peek-a-boo