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MONTREAL, where the earring on a bough
is genuine chrysalis. Bon courage!
The milkweed it's fed on renders it
poison. In lieu of camouflage.


de tribus d'origine asiatique
and am part Thracian or Macedonian,
cleaving to a Hellenic mystique
after centuries of migration inland.

The alcove in which we embrace
is cool with brilliant tile
and weirded by a dove's note; chase
of ouzo with Uzi, junta-style.
History makes its noise; we duck
till it passes. Love we think is our due.
Not, we think, like the epoch,
the unchosen thing we're wedded to.

Ange Mlinko

Distant Mandate
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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