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This issue of Jacket is a collaboration with Verse magazine

Jerry McGuire

Heat Strokes # 1

A big mean animal, the night,
keeps turning
                       me with its horny toenail

like some kind of sausage, I offer
           one side
                       to the flame and one to heaven

or: this slow burn keeps spinning
           its web of night ever lightening
toward morning. With one eye

always open and the other
         always open, what can he
                       imagine by way of warning?

The whole thing, you think,
           has a bite to it, but
                       anaesthetized, snorkled, harbingered.

That’s the ticket! says the one
           who arrested him. Pull over, walk
                       this line, breathe here, no, here, no, here, no, here. . .

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