Carleen Tibbetts


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free of memory and desire
the #1 choice for sleeping happy
what can be held
in the eye comfortably
fatal brightness
nostalgic keening
undone green

 
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half-dressed threats
an argument at the ready
flesh plushed &
flowing back dead
any situation can be
perfectly explained
to human is to wander
in the psychotropics
of tender wonder

 
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black is the new black
a grand plan’s adjacency
with randomness
death proposes life
as if you had permission
to begin with
psychic baggage
needs complicating
outfit-repeat syndrome
is totally OK

 
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beauty as ritual as terror
the structure of breath
its echo in the body
pyro sumptuous
idealization of the face
the original language goes dark
such flowers of diction

 
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code: more
the opacity of the
reassuring void
please reconfirm
the shame index
the trace of gesture
what the story leaves out
the word is flesh and yet
a treasure is not worth this

 
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the gleaming place
the damp where
bodies come together
stupid with hormones
we all eat the same fruit
how will it salt you
suck out the hurt
paradise demands attention

 
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a disease of more
a mystery collapse
a river of zeroes
an eye roll for desire
the unmyth of cutting
you out of you
you’re preapproved
ready set GOLD

 
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CARLEEN TIBBETTS is the author of the chapbook to exosk(elle), the last sugar (Zoo Cake Press, 2015). Recent work appears or is forthcoming in The Journal Petra, H_NGM_N, Forklift Ohio, DREGINALD, La Vague, The Offending Adam, Reality Beach, Deluge, jubilat, and other journals.

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