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Every few weeks she met Saint Jim in the park.
She just wanted to get on Saint Jim’s bed and float

away; the bed which happened to be on the same
street as her beloved Mark. But, Saint Jim was

difficult and recalcitrant as is often the
case with saints. So, for now she had to be

happy with their short walks and discussions
of New York, October light, tiny animals, and politics.

Saint Jim told her don’t you dare put me in a poem
as he tried to feed a squirrel an acorn.

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If I cut my body in half, vertically,
words would come pouring out.

If I cut my body in half, I would
have to cut vertically, I would need

really big scissors to do this
and fish would pour out.

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She imagined him telling the next one

about her as he had told her about

 

the previous one. She imagined him

kissing her as he had kissed the previous

 

one. She imagined him holding hands

with the future one as he had held hands

 

with her. She imagined him putting

his hand up the skirt of the future

 

one near the river as he had put

his hand up her skirt near the river

 

and up the skirt of the previous one.

She imagined him not telling the future

 

one nor the past one that he loved them

just as he had not told her he loved her

 

not in their bar, nor the house, nor by the river.

She imagined him putting his fingers

 

inside of the others: the future, past and present

as he had put his fingers inside of her.

 

She imagined him lying to the previous

ones, the future ones, and the current ones.

 

But some of the facts were also true.

 

Jennifer Bartlett is the author of three books of poetry and co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. She is currently writing a biography on Larry Eigner.

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Fox Frazier-Foley is author of two prize-winning poetry collections, EXODUS IN X MINOR (Sundress Publications, 2014) and THE HYDROMANTIC HISTORIES (Bright Hill Press, 2015). She is currently editing an anthology of contemporary American political poetry, titled POLITICAL PUNCH (Sundress Publications, 2016) and an anthology of critical and lyrical writing about aesthetics, titled AMONG MARGINS (Ricochet Editions, 2016). Fox is Founding EIC of Agape Editions, and co-creator of the Tough Gal Tarot.

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