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Procedures

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The palm tree exposes
a large number
of loose, carved spines

out of pleasure?

Boredom?

                *

To start over
in the carved moment
is to take cover.

                *

A solid short woman
in a pink wool suit

proceeds—
anxiously? doggedly?

alone

up a sidewalk
laid down for her.

(We don’t believe it.)

                *

There are two kinds
of choices,

pirate sources say:

unconscious
and desperate.
Source: Poetry (June 2009)

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