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JANET I. BUCK : Dirty Glasses
L.B. SEDLACEK : The Collector

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JANET I. BUCK
Dirty Glasses

Pavlovian response: be Hercules with ovaries. It worked for many, many years. I had a dirty set of spectacles regarding what lay down the road—brown recluses, rattlesnakes. I heard these even in my crib. Worked my body—some old ox a farmer uses in the field. And I was skilled with riding crops, very skilled. All that's left of what were bones— titanium joints, cadaver scraps cemented in. I'm so done I will not talk. Toast is burned. Percocet is now a meal. Typing's how I walk to school. I haven't had a shower in days. The stink of me is rubbing off on people coming close to me. This is worse than all the nightmares closing in—collapsing walls, accordions of old crashed cars sitting in a wrecking yard— all I see through glasses now. If I leave as Windex wipes a mirror clean, I know the world will be the same. My husband is a tired fly, napping when I need him most, smoking in the hot garage. When I don't, he's hovering. I didn't mean those last four lines— still I typed the letters in. Bedsores grow like bullet holes, bloody copper lodged inside, infected by my attitude. There is no poultice for these wounds. Claustrophobic constancy replaces sleep. I'm glued to me, couscous ironed to a plate.

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L.B. SEDLACEK 
The Collector

A sight unseen to me like a polar bear in the desert or maybe a lion in the sea – it seems I left my notes somewhere, piled up in a trashcan with some old floppy disks and labels that I’ve had for years. I don’t need them anymore; or at least I don’t need them collecting dust like my flippers or goggles or bathing suit. My legs dangle like fingers holding a pen. I left the feeling somewhere, piled up in a trashcan with plastic bottles and unused syringes that used to sit around collecting dust

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JANET I. BUCK

L.B. SEDLACEK'x poetry has appeared in print and online publications such as “Third Wednesday,” “Mastodon Dentist,” “Main Street Rag,” “Tertulia Magazine,” “Word Riot,” “Ginosko,” “Manorborn,” “Assisi Journal,” “Niederngasse,” “Wild Goose Poetry Review,” “Fickle Muses,” “Sea Stories,” and others.'


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