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Ahead


     1

"Event-goers" herded
into "viewing pens"

(snipers on the roof)

to celebrate
"the safest New Year's ever."
 

     *

"Personalities" paid
to count backward
and kiss strangers.
 

     2

Unruly and ruled
in shifts,

we've tried
to enjoy orbiting.
 

     *

As if turning
off and on

was a sacrament—

the old sexy!
 

     *

Patient
as grown women
in schoolgirl pleats

waiting for the
"headmaster"


Rae Armantrout

Tin House

Volume 18, Number 2


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