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Spencer Selby


I just gave my friend
a bargain

took his wristwatch
in return for favors

disguised as letters
on the big roof slippery
and tarnished

I just told him
what I thought his lingo
had become

Sidereal kitchen
in the selfsame memoir
in a magazine backward
as the day is long

Primate brakes to wax
the furniture he is selling
24 by 7

Blast of starlight
taken at time of purchase

Temple change a corpse
so pretty he is sure
he’s got his wits about him
all the way down

Play by ear
in pedigree flotsam

pounding fist on a table
swallowing full of strength
what we worked so hard

Tastes like cardboard
with the lettering removed

Stale donut I imagine
both of us eating
in the afterglow of
payments to the contrary

Sticks in the mouth
at all points
radio telescope blue

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