Made in Vermont
Ginger ate gingersnaps;
Sandy, yes, pecan sandies
Abigail ate the bedsheets.
One afternoon, Abigail
pulled the teeth from her
face in a bloodied-gummy
rind and said, "You girls
and your cookies.
Nights on the de Havilland Comet
I was in love with your faceheck, your checker-board face,
your grumbling pussel-make, your wistful harmonic lippps
I was in love with your blonde hair curled curly curlings of
wound curls the vomit of the sun, the vomit of that yellow;
bedlam in your mouth, bedlam on the backs of your teeth &
the backs of your eyelids: I was in love with the purple kiss
ed bruise resonant on all your thighs like freckles, spott-ed.
I was in love with your flowerneck, your rope-knotty youth
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IN the rush I found him wallowed, welter,
hollowed-hallowing &shallow swallowing
that's pulpy chew and triangle-teeth, that's
the alligator, that one we saw last year, too.
Hot vibrato and chocked-knock squawking
that dock-frock, the moss harbor of cedar"
the not-talking and grunting of gator-gears
Watch him now!! Get under, slime up your
pant legs and crouch low, so as to get him
at the nose and let him breathe up your wr
ists; this year'e's ours, that thing. Never a
gain. Never ever again, the shoe-screwing
and the glue brewing the Ssioux City july.
I want his skin to walk on, and his eyes to
put in my fishbowl; I want his teeth for a
comb a comb, and a comb, and his tail 4
a belt! Get under, you, I'll get over, make
him straight on me, and he won't even thi
nk to spin round and get you, you'll get hi
m! Get under! Gnash back at the smashed
hack the gushed jack the smack Smack.!!
I'll not let him away, not ever. Never again
never ever again, never ever ever again, I
tell you. Hold his jaw close, you, Hold it!