Code Vein Magic, by Barry Schwabsky

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From the poetry collection A Feeling of And, which is forthcoming from Black Square Editions.

The room tone not quite innocent
outside, abundant cloud cover
one player requests the subject be made more perspicuous
unaware this would also make it evanesce

none the worse for where it’s been
or even not been
taking exception to syntax
the successor to the rib cage

with one last liter of residual air
I was real before it was fashionable
a face in the crowd, the life of a party
whose half-life as commander of shadows

and kingpin of contrails suggests
if beauty is as beauty does
you’d break open a dictionary just to watch
the words pour out

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