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terrible times are always

9.     ribbon—

10.   you lift me up here
wearing your

11.   hieroglyph. I am here
in the dark interior—

12.   gate is a single ground
emerging. tell me the time.

1.   you’re running language

2.   that spits;

3.   a shrine—stuck with 
a glue of what

4.   pull it out—

5.    a terminal stain appears—
without panic

6.     pray everything is outside of me

7.    the difference is

8.    at least I keep you—

Lucy MERCER has published poetry in Poetry London, Poetry Review and The White Review among others. She was awarded the inaugural White Review Poet’s Prize and is studying for a PhD in ‘Speculative Emblematics.’


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