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Here, Too


Here too many things stand in relation,
and every human thing retreats.
Empire is the only form of preservation.

Liberals letterpress an invitation
to dance to Other people's beats.
Here too many things stand in relation

to allow for any real vacation.
Everyone murders so everyone eats.
Empire is the only form of preservation

that polices its ritual predation
so the entrails explain the elites.
Here too many things stand in relation:

even empire's own obliteration
fantasy plays the game and cheats.
Empire is only the form of preservation.

Imagine history without salvation.
A form obsessed with loss repeats.
Here, too, many things stand in relation.
Empire is the only form of preservation.


Jennifer Nelson

Civilization Makes Me Lonely
Ahsahta Press


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