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Countdown to Pearl String of Planets

X
What if you–abandoned yourself? Dislocation, as in a time of great danger or impending

IX
Physical annihilation, the way the–soul?–may discover the liberty to disconnect

VIII
From the body, like the word money from the mint or an individual copper penny

VII
And what exactly does it mean to wonder about this over coffee, solitude, perfect

VI
Weather? They gather he shifted from side to side to prevent the road from dismantling

V
His skin as he was dragged on/down the highway. Unchained–as they say in revolutions

IV
And country music–for this? Reader, the luscious branches of the southern Magnolia

III
Were lopped off and in the aftermath the tree simply–prospered. For what purpose

II
Was that man offered? What are the end of the world maps like–is there a general panic

I
That can be expressed spatially–tell me the driver didn’t know where he was going–

–Tessa Rumsey



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