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New Unlikely Book: Manything by dan raphael!
dan, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, & Jeff Weddle are reading
in Oregon, Alabama, and Louisiana!

Bambi stands poised on the page, elegant,
beautiful, but I am skeptical of deer. Deer can kill
with their antlers—from the Old French antoillier,
 
a horn in front of the eyes. Is this deer some rogue unicorn?

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The sky’s more an ocean than a street
as we slowly harden the first while swelling the second,
abrasive sky with billions of tiny full pockets
while the ocean’s clothes are unravelling, sinking

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like silly promises
of love and always
in the vast and hungry
empty
burning night.

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and all the knives
and weapons have
to be hidden
to keep you safe.

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Lately I’ve thought about a dooryard
Bereft of lilacs, out of season,
The jailbreak of circus animals,
​The slouch of some beast toward somewhere.

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But when I was growing up, when I was hearing them tested every Tuesday morning at 10:30, the sirens were still called what they were when they were first installed during WWII all across a frightened America – air raid sirens.

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Strewn across
Desirous dreams
Are concentrations of lead
Each form of escape
​Is more dire than the last

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Each morning, he dresses the way a cowboy would dress if he were a peer of Roy Rogers or Gene Autrey in the Saturday Westerns of his childhood. He wears newish-looking cowboy boots, of course, and spurs that never fail to jingle, jangle, and jingle once more.

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I’d hate to be shipped off to a land run by a tiny group with lots of money
and guns, where attending a movie, or school, or a concert
is a fear-ridden, anxious, ordeal.

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Then she stood, her eyes watery and luminous, one hand on her stomach
and I stood with her, unsteady, my muscles remembering, my memory remembering, 
​Once in awhile all one needs is a pause, then a thank you.

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You taught me the pleasure
of petty crime
of sneaking away
with a glass full of wine

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