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At a stately pace,
this clump
of bubbles
tours the perimeter
of the cup.

As our hostage
situation guest
said earlier

Belief systems
are parodies.

Glass lampstand
in the shape
of a bong
at an upscale hotel
in Berkeley.

that self-identify
as fads

Slender and blond,
the poplar
has wandered
into its present

Object Permanence

say being dead
but kittenish?

an empty room
behind a velvet rope.

Least of all that!

still in there

still voguing

Rae Armantrout

Wesleyan University Press

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