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Psaltery & Lyre

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psalteryandlyre

Life-Changing Magic

"I’m not asking for a handout. Fair deal. Cash on wood. I’ll do you a trick. One trick. Life-changing magic, I promise."

ORAL HISTORY OF THE GODS: An interlude on the unbearable cynicism of institutions

And perhaps we create the sacred not by putting our trust in the institutions that are supposed to guard it, but by demanding that these institutions relentlessly revise themselves toward the sacred.

Preach OR My Mama’s got her GED & Gifted Me Existentialism & Human Emotion at Sixteen

Church is only open on Sunday.

St. Cocaine of Lines, St. Anisette, St. Marijuana, St. Horse

My mother owned a cauldron so rusted, nothing could live in it. / / Sometimes, I swore, I could feel the sharp tips of the orange crescent moon.

Parable of Ruminants

Who among you will dispute? / close affinity between Ruminants and Pachyderms

Elegy for the Lost Carry-On

When I lament the bag trapped somewhere / in the bowels of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 / / The agent asks is any of it irreplaceable?

Heat Storm

When the thunder / cracked above / and God poured water / upon the earth

Hair Narratives

It’s the young French father’s longer arms / that first reach their daughter’s hair / in which her clasp is tangled.

What a Wave Is

I watch the moon lean against the branches empty / trees wrap its curves to the scent of spring its green / rhetoric

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