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I haven’t been drinking

enough water this week

what does brave mean

in today’s economy

who can afford to

read a book in this

bistro I mean the

afternoon goes on too

short it’s dark and darker

getting darker a story

about Elliot Smith

putting 40 dollars into

the juke box of every bar

or was it someone M knew

paying 40 to play him all night

does it matter if all I can hear

is Angeles or Between the Bars

heads or breasts colliding a story

of rape on a public bathroom sink

I’m sorry I didn’t mean to

get this heavy it’s only

9:45am and there’s more

but in this violet hour I bite

down until the blood clogs

[authors' websites: Alexis Pope, Joshua Young]