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Joel Bettridge

As We Would Say

Impressed into affection
after all
the kind of talk we
come to expect to hear of
elected officials and

for example
To make palatable

my choices of
formal organization
a problem of
your neckline and what it
suggests of what I’m sure

are any  number of
personal qualities
The dilemma of using vowels

for bedding
To think you a fine city
think to makes a home
of a loss of context
what we think of

as a manner of speaking

nearer the concern
As if I could repent of
my wish for my need of

Indecorous a
sort of one thing standing

in for another
something like
to cite an instance
Bets placed on naming   

indiscernible parts of speech

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