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Preface (from Such Rich Hour)

numbers, which Saint Augustine considered
                                        God thinks
if he am is therefore there

I remember liking the sun

he said. He was
interviewed in Green Park on Sunday he said, I remember
       very clearly
to be the thoughts of God, Saint Augustine and thank
there’s one
who
exempt
held and can
you imagine
what

he too had a face no he

1 through 12

basic, they seemed
cardinal, seminal, eyes nose mouth and
there are seven ways into the      unless you      count the fact that

she said it’s only a

it was only a

very tiny slice. Saint


 

Augustine breathed

at the top of his lungs he still thinks
of numbers as the thoughts of God

counting
is the body of thinking if thinking when thickened takes on

certain fingerprints on the edge of the door, on the door jamb:
       determined: premerchand, premedititian:
internal
examination = does not equal
they had a word for.

Extermination. Said we yes, no,
oh some other
seems we were after
groceries,
1,
2,
3,       7, 9 let me / eat those grains of sand // I the one who
     flid/who flied/who can
             if burned palms as now crowned if done

with

said

I’m going to count to ten        (fiery breath) we will

consider the proposition/inquire of the cross-section, the
    minute dedication
empty the ocean fill in the sand.

--Cole Swensen



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