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Between the Sea and My Television

Watching TV on the other side ______of the world, I’ve finally caught up ______to the future. I imagine I’ve made some progress ______locating a moral center. Blonde Russians…

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Sights Along the Marmara

The world once I leave my apartment is an endless row of bootleg sneaker vendors, ice cream parlors, and butcher shops where sheep heads on spits wag their…

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Rhythm, 2018

I rip off my right arm and feed you, I watch you chew on it with endless hunger. My screams form rhythm, oscillation. I dance to their beat,…

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The Day After the Ankara Bombings

Somewhere on the outskirts of night, I’m ashamed to admit I’m lost. A man breathes with his tongue like a snake, no lips or nose at all, just…

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Ode to the Crescent Moon, 2012

This is an ode to the crescent moon, Now that my spirit has risen. Where I starve the flesh, And feed the skull, Where your deep-blue eyes tell…

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Burial in Gaza

(after Preludes IV, TS Eliot) Her body, uncurled loose, swells before a village square, is raised up by reluctant hands at 10 and 11 and 12 o’clock; long…

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I Wish I Had a Different Story to Tell

Stories are full of holes; you don’t know until you hold them up to the light and see patterns where something’s missing, an absence that leaves a negative…

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Admin Blues

Those two black, overweight, narcoleptic cats Lying still Everyday. Sometimes they move so little. Pillows Sinking within sofas. — I take a break Go down to Japanese chain…

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Instructions for Opening The Heart

Approach with care And quiet steps Mindful That the outer Resilience May shield the Inner Cracks and fractures . Knock softly Then wait Patiently However long Until the…

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The Body

The body         fractures        heals traces       wipes       then retraces its paths the body dilates glistens in the first sun wood-beamed ceiling in the cold dark the body contracts the…

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