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April 14, 2016 / barton smock


MOON tattoo, poems, Barton Smock, March 2016

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poems, from:


[the lost art of memorizing psalms]

the food bowl
of a baby boy
is the nest
of a fool’s


something smaller
than my brother
has been killed



how to grieve, how to startle
an echo.

the map is desired that maps the afterlife.

my only (is for a hope)
that bores

by now
my son
knows more.



two brothers come to blows over which sister likes fast food more. a man we want to love is shadowboxing a snowdrift from the parable of touch. blood is a food group. I pray to my hair. call my footwork by name. take my time

with amnesia.

baby facts include being born again in the museum you were carried to.


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