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"What you are struggling with," said
the psychologist, "is
a continuous song, something like
a telephone's tone. Nebulous, noncommittal,
unrelenting, pretending
to give you messages it can't deliver.

Because the body is unattached. It is,"
he said, "like a valentine sent
out cold, beautiful, brittle as tomorrow's
deja-vu, but distortedly misaddressed.
These pills will help you
find yourself
somewhere where the lace ends up loose
and the paste is still humming
all about you.

Landis Everson, “What's Wrong,” from Poetry (October 2006). Copyright © 2006 by Poetry Foundation. Reprinted with permission from Poetry Foundation.
Source: Poetry Magazine (2006)

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