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May 26, 2017 / barton smock

{prematurely, paw five}


my latest will be available in a few days…it is titled {paw five}, 124 poems, all small and cocoon and absence of worship.

am currently making 10-15 hard copies of it available for free. send request to


and, here’s the whole fucking thing:

[lost priest]

I come from a place where a school bus hits a dog and the bus driver barks and all her kids play dead


[boy in darkness]

blood is a movie and none of it



[the story outside]

a boy in a diaper
covered in flour

a sadness specific to elevators

on every


[lightning storms]

in a wedding dress
worn once
and haunted
by paper cuts

at her dolls
with a fork


[too dark now over nothing to cry]

a clock
by a scar.

the scalpel
the ear’s

birthplace, hide your…

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