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he combed the distraction out of me
she unites the two coils of her
in a knot of leather,
receives the bullet without waver,
makes a recital of it
now this sort of corpse
would try to climb out of its own coffin
what an Orang-outang is love
and she thought about him
for a long time:
her thrilling hung like lights,
raising its tail
her heart from left
having lived now a weapon on her all her life—
she is more essentially
herself with her trouble opened
Sandra Lim's first book of poems, Loveliest Grotesque, won the 2005 Kore Press First Book Award. She has taught literature and writing at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Iowa. She lives in San Francisco.
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