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J.P. Dancing Bear

Kahlo's Hands

Celebrity Century

Kahlo's Hands

after a certain point : it all becomes a burden : the cheating husband : who has moved : inside another mouth : to eat the heart : of the heart : that is the mouth : of the estranged : the thorns of the heart : which dig : burrow into the place : where her own heart hides : all the animals : who are all : the road-kills : which are the looking glass : by which she sees : herself lurking : behind it all :  they are the nearly forgotten gods : snaking for a sacrificial heart : like hers : so red : so worn : so eternal : she carries them all : like picked fruit : from the fields : like so much production : she wears a dress : of stars : pink ribbons : something reminding her : of a past surgery : one of many : Diego looks on bored : in a wreath of lilies : white as teeth : his tongue is tasting : her green world : sometimes she is no more : than a single hand : grasping : always grasping


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Celebrity Century

sometimes : I think : all the stars : in the sky : are vapid girls : with small dogs : in their purses : who name their children after directions : or petulant boys : with fashion lines : perfumes : I know that’s not really true : we didn’t : just start adding : odd celestial bodies : classifying them : differently : there was : just some kind : of change : like 30 years : of internet sensations : perhaps : our telescopes : just got better : at peering : into the dimmest light : seeing hope : the marvels within : perhaps we were our best : when we had : a few : simple night beacons : that guided : us across : a vast frightening sea : something memorable : dependable : amid the black blanket : of doubt : dotted with meteors : we were certain : were falling stars


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J. P. Dancing Bear is co-editor for the Verse Daily and Dream Horse Press. He is the author of fourteen collections of poetry, most recently, Cephalopodic (Glass Lyre Press, 2015), and Love is a Burning Building (FutureCycle Press, 2014). His work has appeared or will shortly in American Literary Review, Crazyhorse, the DIAGRAM and elsewhere.   

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