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Because I have fought the various minor literatures.Because I once sat among my fellow men.Because there are all types of blindness.Because of the many uses of Clorox bleach.Because I can no longer suffer the vanguard.Because I get so hungry.Because a durn fool has no place to go.Because the sufficient condition of drinking is drinking.Because I am beset on all sides by reckless Philistines.Because the moon is a terrible organ.Because cash-fucking money.Because I have burnt the aristocracy.Because I shall poke them into ordinance.Because I try & I might & I can & I will.Because the ratchet of my brainstem has gone missing.Because I shake my limbs & everything falls away.Because I am discarded by the spirit.Because I need to love something that cannot die.Because turbulence shelters the wicked.Because wisdom guards the doors.Because I have eaten the fruit of unrighteous privilege.Because I have eaten at Waffle House.Because the passage of time is a failing sitcom.Because of you, Athena, & your impossible hair. [End Page 154]

Michael Martin Shea

Michael Martin Shea lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where he is the editor of Yalobusha Review. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Jubilat, Pleiades, New Orleans Review, Best New Poets 2012, and elsewhere. [End Page 168]

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