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Written by Cassandra V. Chopourian & band

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As a willow with the weight of its own profusion,
you're asleep upstairs in a close, dark room,
thighs slashed with red, weepy creases, features
relaxed into TV-baby mounds.

A limp magazine stuck to my lap—
I am empty and impenetrable.

Invisible green-gloved
fingers extend around my neck.
Birds peck -
peck and drone.
I want to wake you,
let you bite my chin,
with your two new teeth,
will cut the skin.
if I let them.

You are the warm metal rack from which I hang my IV bag—
You are the warm metal rack from which I hang my IV bag—
a slow drip,
relieving pain and its relief,
I must contain

everything afforded by gravity.

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from Unfinished Bird, released November 16, 2016

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