Poetics

songs for james v

v

 

places & situations i found your drugs:

         – drugs that were supposed to be doing

               their work inside you)

 

under the bed, with the dust & fluff,

favorite red dolly –

think of all the references to pop,

pale king.

on the window, with the rusting necklace

under your tongue,

in the neighbor’s drainage,

wrapped in pork bags.

in your father’s brows,

at the middle of the sun.

in your changing playlists,

midway between shostakovich

and miles davis.

the arrangement of teeth

in kimathi’s mannequins,

a house you burned down,

fathermilk, in the fat man’s

sexy walk next to the red tree.

a resistance to morphine &

the black rider. thank you. 

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