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Common Breach


Violence Is Slower Now: A Year’s Binding and Unbinding









































Common Breach

 

Dusk's circadian adulation,

            the bowing to midnight,
            and the task list

of dying burying beetles.

            Last will and all this
            winding down gleans

comfort in the compulsory coming

of an old burst light.

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Violence Is Slower Now: A Year’s Binding and Unbinding

 

Tattling measures looked
a stout arrow passing, to me.

For days, herring bone spread,
no unripe queue clipped

to taint this hard rest.
Peculiar hive eaten by the prescient

muscularity of deep space.
Burrowed in its bright abortive charms -

a cleansing cusp.

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SHANNON HANKS-MACKEY studies Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies at the University of Washington. She likes to laugh and crack-wise until someone gets hurt. Her work has been published in Hoarse and will appear in upcoming editions of The Black Scholar and Crack the Spine.


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