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Callaloo 25.4 (2002) 1025-1026



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Simple as One Two

Ed Roberson


1

who having
      put on the disguise of a disease
            to get the little relief of a day or so

and not been able to get the minute off him
      to enjoy naked the hour       out of costume
            out of the shell of the office

enters back       cramped in
      to crab crap of worse
            disease       to have

to

i

            to act

sick which makes him sick to
      do that to
            justify a basic
back-off need of
      self preservation
            to not do
damage to himself
      when the dumbest animal knows
            when

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2

to have the culture

      of petri dish architecture as
            success       grow on you
you have to sit still

      in the air
            conditioning a long time:
a green sloth green

      from the algae
            murals
frescoed on       a billboard stagnant motion

      a company's
            catchy logo lotion you
smooth

      thing you on yourself
            thinking the thing you
is definitely you

            you's/use confused


ii.

the glass flash and metal
      sharp/edge as you is

a
            paper cut but deeper

                  deeper



 

Ed Roberson is author of a number of volumes of poems, including When Thy King Is a Boy, Lucid Interval as Integral Music, Voices Cast Out To Talk Us In (winner of the 1995 Iowa Poetry Prize), and Just In: Word of Navigational Change, New and Selected Work (winner of the 1998 National Poetry Series Competition). He lives in New Jersey.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6512
Print ISSN
0161-2492
Pages
p. 1024
Launched on MUSE
2002-11-15
Open Access
No
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