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Tuesday 28 February 2012

Mercedes Webb-Pullman-

Gertrude Stein from Paris, 1940

I became a fish tank,
a typical Thanatos pattern
at the peak of its range.
How long the clamouring lasts!

Deep fractured landscape –
form transposed, the incidental
the body falls weeping for,
that makes us hate,

steering wheels obviously
the least expected parts. A man
takes his breath, bladderwrack,
crabgrass, demonstrations,

prisoners in striped coveralls.
Skin blistered long ago –
homes for the orphans, crack
doctors to perform amputations.

“Now we will all
have an occupation’.

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