poetryrepairs #198 v14.03:033
ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE : Alternative Medicine
ROBERT FEIN : All Night Talk Radio
JAN OSCAR HANSEN : Men Overboard
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Alternative Medicine
If it bothers you to watch your father die, try watching porn. If porn bothers you, try a field of churning snow angels. If snow angels bother you, try soot. Acres of soot. Soot snow. If chimneys bother you, try fire. Candles bonfires Hell: all good. If you get burned, try aloe vera. Call it cauterized. If that pain doesn't take, try leeches. If their ballooning bothers you, try pins. Tattoos. If torture bothers you, try watching your father die.

poetryrepairs #198 v14.03:033

All the fine arts are species of poetry--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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All Night Talk Radio
Those who hear disembodied voices are mad, or are they sane and the voices mad, or both or neither? Can you hear them whispering all that you or I are afraid to whisper? I can, the hearer of mad voices, the mad hearer of voices, the mad hearer of mad voices. The voices command think the unthinkable. The maddest voices shout, "Do All Night Talk Radiomething now." "Obey." I hear voices, disembodied ones, every night. Static electric charges radiate from a little box, and penetrate my ears, entering my ever vigilant brain. They speak the unspeakable The cenAll Night Talk Radior is still alert, but tiring. Always more voices slip through; it's in the air. The same things said in different voices, or is it all said with one voice? And every All Night Talk Radiound is scratchy, and in the background--Muzak, as filters fail and channels lose their distinctions. I am alone. I am alone in my bed. I am alone in my bed listening, along with others alone in their beds listening to others alone in their beds with nothing to say and no one to say it to All Night Talk Radio they say it all, anonymously, and unabashedly. But who cares to listen? I. Before me scales the do-re-mi of a mad world. I can hear it all, and All Night Talk Radioon I will obey, must obey

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Men Overboard
On a sheet of fair green ocean the crew of a shipwrecked tanker float bobbing up and down in a synchronized harmony. They have got yellow life jackets on a colour that keeps sharks at bay, not that it matters now that seagulls have gouged their eyes out. When night descends gentle as a blanket lovingly tucked around a sleeping child they will be washed ashore on a paradise island of golden sand and coconut palms.and there they will dry and be slim under a tropical sun till they are lighter that the tail feather of a sparrow then they will fly with the prevailing wind and see what they didn't have time to see as crew on practical ships made of steel

poetryrepairs #198 v14.03:033

Poetry endangers the established order
of the soul - Plato

REPAIR: resort, frequent or habitual going; concourse or confluence of people at or in a place; making one's way; to go, betake oneself, to arrive; return to a place; to dwell; to recover, heal, or cure; to renew; to fix to original condition.
-- Oxford English Dictionary


ELIZABETH KERLIKOWSKE : Alternative Medicine
ROBERT FEIN : All Night Talk Radio
JAN OSCAR HANSEN : Men Overboard

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