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I carry a tape recorder
with me so I can have
my own laugh track.

The queer curve of light
in mirrors gathers me up,
presents me to myself.
I drop me on the sidewalk.

I'm pedantic, loquacious,
I'm Unitarian Universalist.
I eschew obfuscation.

I am not a lesbian
for the same reason
that I'm not vegetarian.

I'm a naked woman
in a cold room.
Watch my ass swing,
hypnotic, follow me
to the door.

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