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We come here
These little pillars of salt
Placed into the hands
Of physicians
With debt sweats
A gross product
Of the sex apparatus
There are expired teens
There are the old
That die in the summer
The situation
When a nation
Loses its beloved celebrity
It tries to out-mourn one another
Extort them of their talent
Versions of these chosen ones
Hair flowing free and unrestricted
The curbs are laced
With water soluble prescriptions
Running down into gutters
Phosphorescent in the streetlight
Available in avocado
Aqua and white
I suffer from the occasional
Emotionally draining dream about turtles
The simple idea of omnipresent neutrality
Is difficult
Too much blood
Spills in my dreams
It’s a vascular debacle
Are boring
In the park
Getting some vitamin D
The sunlight on my blue jeans
I’m a deadened sapphire
Reading Didion
A psychic residue of fortune is on me
Didion writes,
“I have already lost touch
with a couple of people I used to be”
I can’t handle fate
The aphrodisiac of lying to myself
The battery flavor of anxiety
Shooting the messenger
Having a god that doesn’t ‘get me’

Eric Amling, "Rx." Copyright © 2017 Eric Amling. Used by permission of the author for PoetryNow, a partnership between the Poetry Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network.
Source: PoetryNow (2017)
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  • Poet, designer, and visual artist Eric Amling was born in Brooklyn, New York. His first collection of poetry is From the Author’s Private Collection (2015); his chapbooks include From the Author’s Private Collection (2013) and Legal Pure (2012). Amling’s poetry draws on pop culture, references to leisure and luxury lifestyles, and a formal method that often mimics collage, a medium Amling works in as a visual artist as well. Publisher’s Weekly described the poems in From the Author’s Private Collection as “social critique delivered through a signal scrambler.”
    Amling’s collages and installations playfully evoke “leisure environments” through allusion to, and distortion of, retro lifestyle magazines and vernacular luxury items. In an interview about his solo exhibit at Flying Object in Hadley, Massachusetts, “Private Event,” Amling noted, “It’s really the space around the subject being photographed that I’m after. A blurry lamp. Sunny wallpaper. I think with these soft tones and elements...

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