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In Hell the Units Are the Gallon and the Fuck

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The unit of wine is the cup. Of Love, the unit is the kiss. That’s here.
In Hell, the units are the gallon and the fuck. In Paradise, the drop and the glance.

Ants are my hero. They debate and obey. They can sit at a table for
Eight hours, drawing. They spot out the under-theorized . . .

Have some. For they are as abundant here as the flecks of mica in the Iowa night sky.
What are twenty-sided dishes of fancy almonds? What use jewels?

HeisKālidāsa. You are nothing. Or rather, you’re a tray of stainless steel cones.
Meanwhile, one opens Kumārasambhava to rainbow-colored crystals pointing every which way.

Nice try. You’re a tank-builder but you refuse to build tanks. And so now you are to be watched over
By three heckling birds, evilly named, discomfiting to children.

¡Fijate! you’re to be watched by three fowl, commonplace in Florida. Even these
Three hearty objectionables: the blue tit, the woodpecker, and the swampcunt.

I’m one to talk. I’m so twisted up, my only hope is Salena. My physical therapist,
With the eyes of Athena, and the hands of a destroying eagle.

Source: Poetry (July/August 2010)

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