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if death is a time machine | loose a stubborn   countdown | you hazarded in a crenellation | I retreated and passed out | in a conch shell | the next day I stole your Lexus | sped over a garden | of railroad spikes | crashed into a retention wall | the unincorporated part of town | didn’t have streetlights | after my head shattered | the driver’s side window | my first thought was to call your mustache twitch | whimper apologies | like a waiter who misplaced your order | if suicide is a wormhole | our relatives’ tall tale names etched | onto restaurant chairs | where we resurrect the dead | then pretend to ignore them [End Page 69]

Stephen Danos

Stephen Danos is author of a poetry chapbook, Playhouse State (H_NGM_N Books, 2012). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Anti-, Bateau, Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, Forklift Ohio, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, The Laurel Review, Transom, and elsewhere. He serves as Assistant Editor for YesYes Books and is Editor-in-Chief of the online journal Pinwheel.



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