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    Default Library Books

    Tagged non-fiction, they lean to be chosen
    by the balding man in a tattered sweater


    folding his newspaper with precision,
    to lay on the floor beside his scuffed leather shoes


    that smell of strange lawns and mysterious poo.
    The curious floor lamp stares at


    a mystery's one flop-eared page,
    and in a flashflood I remember


    that the novel shared my bed one night,
    steadfast when I needed it most,


    sprawled across a pillow, both of us a little drowsy.
    No wonder I'm drawn a little further to


    the quiet wimpers of non-fiction, where
    stacks of overlooked facts play dead,


    hoping to be rescued by a struggling academic like me -
    never alpha, but a special breed of loyal -


    rather than the redhead student with braces
    who presses his gum between two magazines


    and shreds his textbook for fun.

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    Mutant example of redundancy: spuxtaposed joonerisms.
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    Cy Twombly died Tuesday. Odd, but it made me think of the Creative Corner. Sending the writers and artists some love today!

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    Default Shoe Collection

    Today I dusted the leather of Rockports,
    sorted Clarks and Florsheims by size, and
    wondered how men like you
    learned such an intricate choreography.

    How did you waltz on and off airplanes,
    hailing taxicabs and running to meetings
    when your shoes leapt off your feet
    and blindly wandered about this concrete city
    until they reached the flowered path
    that leads into my office, into this box,
    for this shelter?

    I imagine someday we'll just go barefoot,
    lush grass forming a terrace in the office stairwell,
    growing taller or shorter with a push of the elevator button,
    waving in the air-conditioned hallway.

    Knowing me, I will be amazed then
    at the emerald sheen beneath my feet
    and the curiosity of my pinky toe there,
    one of ten moveable boulders
    to my newest neighbor in need, the ant.

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    Default Nearly Linear Thoughts

    I don't understand why you don't write.
    I don't understand why you don't.
    I don't understand why you.
    I don't understand why.
    I don't understand.
    I don't.
    I do.

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    Default Relaxation Room

    Complimentary WiFi is available, if only you request the password at the front desk.
    Naturally I want in, to be in, to know it all,
    So I begin the search for the reception desk where surely a covert operator waits for me.
    She no doubt memorized the combination to the safe
    before she crumpled and swallowed the paper according to the oath
    she took in her beauty intelligence training seminar (whisper: virginia).
    I stealthwalk through the room in my black cape, past the wilted schefflera,
    beyond the four-sided heat lamps coiled just so to reveal
    the entrance and exit of this maze to an ancient Aztec alliance.
    An empty nail presses nothingness into flaking plaster,
    perhaps a gruesome reminder of when a never-again-seen novice
    once revealed the password to all in a black wooden frame.
    As a courtesy, please refrain from using your cell phone.
    If you tell your friends about this room, about the physical transformations
    of our agents, we will be forced to be... unpleasant.
    Magazines climb a silver ladder to get up and out of this room,
    bombing me with headlines to stop my progress.
    Jeans Made For Your Body makes me wonder when the editor
    took my measurements. When I was sleeping, no doubt,
    but was I drooling and did she mind? A certain conspiracy.
    Marriage Moments No One Ever Talks About is just silly,
    because how do they know, anyway?
    I sit and think about all those silent brides and grooms playing charades,
    gesturing to their empty hearth. Your marriage! It's
    Fireless! Sounds like
    Wireless!
    Middle age creative type: foiled again.

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    you are here > . < now,
    back in a tiny inlet of visual riptides
    (wide eyes beat back darkness).
    from tide to tide you enter
    the moonlight of my dreams,
    and i remember fondly
    that we were once reverent
    in this shared space:
    no discoveries (naked vs. nude),
    no criticism (swells, marsh, sweeping undercurrents).
    cool grace rose to meet my feet then.
    iwishiwishiwish this was still
    just a place to share things.

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    lend me your silhouette
    standing in the doorway
    dividing the conflict
    between light and day

    lend me your reflection
    in a summer pond
    that wind forgot to kiss

    lend me your shadow
    so that I can see me
    because it's been years
    and I don't do this anymore
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    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! While I'm grateful for ongoing communication with many of you, I still miss those from 1e2 with whom I've lost touch. Know that you'll forever be counted among my many blessings. I truly hope you are happy, wherever you are.

    With love,
    Carol

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