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Living on Madison Avenue by David Lawrence
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it was amazing
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We are the publisher, so all of our authors get five stars from us. Excerpts:


A sneeze in the carrot is worth two in the patch.
I am sick with self-loathing.
I can’t seem to do anything right after
a history of accomplishment,
a dire draw full of diplomas and the swan song
of a career’s wings.
So I come to this:
a patina of failure on a jewel of shortness
of breath.
I lean on your infanticide to understand
modern women and their right to choose
their children’s death.
I am walking with a cane.
I can’t tell if I have three feet or I am aided
by the spiritual revelation of wood.
I am a tripod.
I have three opinions on all your deregulations.


Everywhere I go I see the skulls of cattle like the paintings
of Georgia O’Keefe.
Death is silent and rushes through the hollow bones
like the wind absent its rush.
It all comes to nothing
even though the ride on the broken-down jeep
was fun.
I open my canteen and drink the sand.
I love my wife like tomorrow
when I am not angry at her like Tuesday.
If you can’t find peace in a relationship
you can’t find hope
in the impossible.
I watch her hand in mine and wonder if we are picking
at each other or loosening the grip
of each other’s arthritis.
There is no one I would have rather walked through
the desert of death with and blown the ram’s horn
like a call to religion
like the temple’s plot
like the atheist’s admission of eternal absence.

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July 2, 2018 – Shelved
July 2, 2018 – Shelved as: futurecycle

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