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  • Deborah Brandon (bio)

when i was five, the worst dream was swallowinga marble. i’d wake by the bowl, shockedpale. i knew without question who was comingto reverse my wrongdoinghold my tongue down and vomit past it

all the doors are the same all the doorseverywhere   tears fell onto my easter pleats all thedoors         everywhereafter i raked i stared at the 6’x3’ area i’d cleared asthough the future could fit there it’s just a city the smellsare nothing personal         it’s just graffiti, fossilsover fossils if some silt still clings to the underside    is anyone surprised [End Page 162]

forge the signature!     forge it of steel!    wield it! a seed into soil,,,

and when i am a man as a man

    then i am safe because of stars

and when i am gone i am gone for hir

    gone & i’m swallowing her him with all my    her and him

upon our return we pass     a place whichclaims to but does not have     all thetires in the world

i don’t need them        salt air on my feet [End Page 163]

beach sand slips     over the layers of itself        beneath my feet

i step filling my own        footprints [End Page 164]

Deborah Brandon

deborah brandon holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Additional work: Transom, Ocho, MiPOesias, [PANK], Bombay Gin, Mom Egg Review, Denver Quarterly, Moonshot, Hotel Amerika, Cadillac Cicatrix and Puerto del Sol; and anthologies Writing the Walls Down and Anthology of Georgia Poetry.



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