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Postmodern Village
est. 1999
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And Involves the Same Pyschotropic Drugs
by Hezekiah Allen Taylor

he used to swallow drugs
to preclude any obvious connections
to peer pressure: he told the world so
told it to its solid, angry black pupil--
ignoring the hope of blue iris, the expanse
of white littered with blood vessels so tiny
it was as if the capillaries were ice-blue rivers
drawn freehand on old maps of America
by Lewis & Clark, Vasco de Gama

he focused solely on the hard darkness
he wanted so badly to see only that
the rest (hope, faith, friendship)
he could glimpse from the creased corners
of his own, peripheral

he thought if he told the world off
destroyed the burgeoning naivete'
that seemed to forever swell forth
like an erection, he thought then
that he could control it all
and by doing so
make himself impervious

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