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comfort, your other name

from limb by limb: the collected letters of dk




















comfort, your other name

it was summer, after all, and we knew relief to be fleeting.  the metal door propped open, the cardboard boxes of produce, and the steady stream of cold air.  give me your hand. give me your pulse.  know that the things you left in my room will gradually, quietly, become mine.  i will not remember everything you said.  and all the remembered words will be used out of context in a conversation i keep having and re-having.  it was a historic building.  we climbed staircases because we believed the top to be something we wanted. and sure enough, you could see everything up there, and i could not believe how colorful everything was.  donít you see?  i had plans.  bring me the tape measure, iíll show you.  you made it this far, and i have promised to make up the rest.  there must be a way to describe it.

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from limb by limb: the collected letters of dk

octopus,

the ink thickens.  weekly approaching congregation of arms.
this suspension (not with purpose).  in deep, a mess of time corners the soul and the soul releases, mouth to tide.  storm in sky, beclouded.  storm in sea, concealed.

in my defense,

cloaked






catís-paw:


catherine, purse-mouth cinched, by visits takes needlebeak taste.  seedtime a low moan, we get wind of our lost.  the den puts out its river tongue.  mark of david in the delve, his leaves and rags.  tiding of a nest.


(draft, awaiting the stave     

--d)

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DELLA WATSONís work has appeared or is forthcoming in Limestone, Make, The Hat, Denver Quarterly, eye~rhyme, and word for / word.