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The Estrangement of Luis Morone

ISSUE:  Autumn 1980

Luis Morone
cuts adrift

sinks flies
flickers out

it’s dark in his room

they screw in
a bulb

find rags
on hangers

that resemble
his body

the pin-up
with the stigmata

crucifix guitar
with broken string

mirror wind
abandoned to moon

rat-trap moon
abandoned to rust

anger abandoned
desire abandoned

birth death
abandoned abandoned

cortege of roaches
carting off crumbs

in other words
nothing much

by his absence

loans outstanding

and other debts
still outstanding

Don’t worry kids
you still have
seventeen uncles

but children are born
to mourn for lost fathers

Don’t worry Mother
you aren’t blind
nobody sees him


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