06.27.2008

twenty-one homophonic couplets

anachronism
enacts a chrism

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convince me
connivance be

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abysmal attitudes
as be mal altitudes

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nourish the flower
flourish in the now or —

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belated salvation steers souls
on serrated shelves of stars born

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terra infirma
terror firm

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pleading with signs
sine waves bleating

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eyes encased in ice
in case the I is sliced

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tangential
tan genitals

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for lest nature we dread or forget
forge tree wood’s new depth

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seashore, bladderwrack, seaweed
shoal’s wreck, leeward more unset

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tabula rasa
erase errata

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strangury
strange augury

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classical architrave
collapsible archive of

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whatever I was, am, or aim to be
whether steam or soul, shame fully

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Ronald Johnson’s justice
jouissance for ever/us

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night thoughts, shudders,
shapes knot mind-shutters

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perforated ulcer
pulse, pour forth

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worn out with this indeterminacy
in the deep wake shorn of history

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jetting angels’s filigrees
fierce angles of geometry

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aphasic
“a phase” [sic]

Jon Curley (© 2008)