What Are Predators but Parasites that Kill You Faster

one conundrum is that you sew
a bunch of ghosts
together
 
only to end up with a smaller ghost
 
—you mend the hem / I'll tend the holes—
 
—chomp chomp choke / little bloodclot on the yolk—
 
 
thus you deviate as I scrape away
a cleaner spot
 
 
 
Short digression on decorating
the tree: find a wood-chipper, feed
in honey, blankets, books. Treasure's
better decked in ketamine feathers
and wetforever lemons.
 
 
—hide us in a pit / rip the furtive flap / the stitched-up gut—
 
 
 
Short digression
on the middle of the desert:
we're in it.
 
 
 
under other accomplishments
 
      you can put "mimesis"
"snottiness"
"Ouija realness"
 
    and "blinking when forbidden" please
 
 
 
love the desert
squeeze it
take it home
  put it in a cage
 
with what's left of the ghost—
 
 
—even you should admit it's sweeter
 
than the pet leech
you used to keep
The Anxiety of Coincidence
Mark Bibbins
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The Anxiety of Coincidence

Mark Bibbins

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