--all human music has a dying fall

falling freely from a cliff face
a vertical incompetence
of the rock, mass wasting

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dying fall
Emily Strauss

That which we desire
This that we disdain
Forever on our shoulders
Yet never ours again


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Heartstrong
Paul Michelle

Heaven opened up its mouth
and swallowed me whole
in its pink tissues
and indigo surroundings.

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Daylight
Roxanne Smith

the bee can fly the earth
yet you only notice her
when she chooses your flesh
—we don’t need much room


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the kingdom
Justin Reynolds

Unexpected moment, no one looks
and finds the secret,
but she comes to you
releasing your hold,
the hands on true desire.

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Bastard, I Am
Patrick Attaway

I will stay here
looking tough
& feeling tender

blue heart of butter

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Jessie Says Maybe
John Cagle

There were covers,
not blankets,
not pictures,
not alibis.
These were songs.

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The Poem About a Band Who Played a Song By Another Band
Patrick Attaway

Inconclusive logic
Unsustainable values
Synthesis unmixed
Laudatory redress
Clever missteps

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Goosebump Mornings
John Cagle

i thought he was right, i've got a lot to learn
i hear it at night, i take it out on her
and she can see the dots on my skin
i push her away, but she keeps pulling me in


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Good Night
Allison Stuart