Three

 

Easily

 

The models
in the Gentlemen's Club ad
are posed
with pink mouths slack,
eyes narrowed
to slits.

Show me stunned resentment -

the way
the world absorbs
an insult
it won't easily
forget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Normal

 

Intelligence is distributed.

Greed is an emergent property.

My survival instincts are a normal
form of momentum.

I don't feel bad
about crushing others
to achieve my goals.

Goals are an emergent property.

Others are distributed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fantail

 

Tincture:

as in

in and ex

"stinct".

Ambient static.

Be fantailed

about it.

Strictly speaking,

"istic"

     *

As you know, emptiness
aches.

It also burns
so that for eons

light
is orphaned

and extant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contributor

Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout's latest book of poems is Just Saying (Wesleyan, 2013). A new book, Itself, is forthcoming in 2015. Armantrout teaches at UC San Diego.

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