This Is the Assemblage

Timothy Donnelly
Times like these we are immortal together. Say the word        and you’re our conqueror.
from the book Chariot / Wave Books

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Matthew Tuckner on Timothy Donnelly's "This Is the Assemblage"
Photo: Matthew Tuckner
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