301 Moved Permanently

301 Moved Permanently


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What Men and Women Do Alone

Illustrated by Ryan Heshka.

Illustrated by Ryan Heshka.

 

is pantomime sharply

out of the bedroom.

 

They host a homegrown

gag reflex, politely.

 

They serrate the words

on the walking tour,

 

flimsy smiles at neighbours.

Men and women bottle

 

the unspoken bits

until the body shapes

 

of terse nouns explode into

a blizzard; a battleground

 

on repeat, daily

reminders – long lines

 

at the love factory.

They try to renovate

 

the reasons with ear-

plugs and blind spots,

 

hand jobs in camouflage.

Men and women blur

 

at the television, swap

the family for strange

 

flesh, burning at midnight

in a backseat, busy.

 

Busy calling back casual,

busy adjusting the drapes.

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From subTerrain #68 (Pulp Fiction)

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