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planet melancholia

check / the crust of a hourglass planet / focus / an Hubble’s eye
view of a hangnail / the sunspots on my back / you ogle
mechanically / rather than lustfully / a reminder that I will fall
like a raw egg / into a giant drop of honey / when I look at you /
a surge of hold-me / drain-me / slingshots me across the room /
expensive flowers & mud in my undies / mean please stop /
a doll-sized black hole & half-moon eyebags / translate as
thank you / my sun sign makes me prone / to starve the weeks
away / until our disjunction / becomes conjunction / Venus
retrograde / explains why I shave my head / every night / & how
my chest big bangs for you

sleep monologue where zeus is you

if you shove a snugnose     in the mailbox
you’ll find galvanic skin     at the base of my spine
early morning goodbyes     vibrate at low speed
through punchproof glass     i let open questions
tazer me like a bio bracelet     yes you can wear
my heartbeat     i’ll rent a storage unit & fill it
with absolutely nothing     you said i could crash
at your place     as long as i’d mute my breath     why
do all windows lead to you     reason one: your name
a backspace     reason two: my left eye     the lazy one
detects you     like a crane swinging     out of control
reason three: i never see     you as the end

Italo Ferrante

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