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Papaya

 

A circle is defined not by what is inside it or outside it, but by a border that doesnít exist until crossed. Our new guideline: do not take seriously anyone with whom Gertrude Stein would not have wanted to have sex. ďLeave and learn,Ē he said, but we had no idea what he was talking about. We climbed all the way to the top and then sat on the marked bench. Putting a razor blade in a pyramid as the moon waxes may not hone the razor, but it makes the pyramid sharper. His pretend yawn made me yawn for real.

 

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Red Raspberry

 

Just because you donít remember who you are doesnít mean youíre invisible. I used to think that Hans Arp and Jean Arp were different people. I still bet Iím right. That dust smell after someone slips. Persistence of vision is best noticed with the eyes closed. We start to argue about what the argument was about.

 

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Staghorn Sumac

 

A German scientist has determined that over eighty percent of belly button lint is blue. Will designers of new clothing keep this in mind? I have other questions about outer space. To deal with thinner atmospheres and stronger light, will I still put zinc on my nose? If I canít hear myself scream in space, how will I know Iíve lost my voice from screaming? I just remembered: I donít put zinc on my nose now. I wonder if in zero gravity Iíll still jerk awake just before going to sleep because I felt that I was falling.

 

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MARK CUNNINGHAM received an MFA from the University of Virginia, and still lives in the Charlottesville area. Poems have appeared in BathHouse and Past Simple. Two chapbooks are around, one on parts of the body on Mudlark and one on household objects, titled Second Story, on Right Hand Pointing. Forthcoming from Tarpaulin Sky Press is a book currently titled Body Language, which will include two collections, Body and Primer.