SEAFARING SPLIT, 2016 poetry chapbooks by Jessica Q. Stark and Kiley McLaughlin

are you in key west?
is it magnificent?
something shows up rough enough to come closer
and not understand.

madonna of the thick panic,
of course i don’t sweat your paunch or abandon
the problem is Now

that i might get the problem wet

like ex-pink and proto-pink
and ashes pinking into the waves—

play it again or i will play it again,

ashes flying like water
from their box.

we’re pinched if we know
a pyre from a bipedal now
we’re a tub tramp

but that’s what they said about god.

 

 

 

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you ask what it’s like but

even you
are full of soft burning goods.

 

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