Ann Cotten

(1982 / Ames, Iowa)

SOLIDUS - Poem by Ann Cotten

The one in the corner / the woofs and the breezes / the noses / the goading / the needs and the freezes / the iconoclastics / the jeopards / the beatniks / the coat-hanger lovers / the moated / the stupid / the notes / the convening / the look in the breezes / the mold in the joisted / the folding / the deuces / the goofed in their preening / the carried-on flaskers / the bolshevik presses / the stewards in dresses / their drunken careening / the happy noblesse / the top-heavy jinx when the blasted infer / the journal of sleeping / the doping caresses / the chafing / the coaster / the surf / oh the chaste / so moulded and leering / as ghastly and weaning / the case of the groping / the foible / the sigh
the lope of the egret / the notice on joking / for fondling the fondness / and softly / the ghostess / as probing / to jeeter / magnificent lacing / the faces of mankind / the faces of men / the wasteland / too gently / the brazen of ribbon / the gibbering / tasteless / forever asway / no good for tomorrow / the politicks' reason / the treason / the pillow / as hoping / and gutter / as rain for the pining / as rain in the window / and shaping / and guises / and minors / then shallow / and fish in the distance / and ropes in the skyline / and silhouettes finding / a bluebox / for lining / a biting / for guests / and a longing for shame / and all they put up with / for gazing / for sighing / is genomes / and corny / like James in the slough / ricochet / and flaming / the kelp and / a sigh
but for all they throw up with / whatever they do / the venomous / generous / help us to jest / and caress our pathetics / in boast and in leads / and the rotary spitters / the fountains in spite / the incredulous soapists / the sailors in true / make living / forsaken / and signs for the printing / the pining / the nooses / the knowing / in ruses / the kooks in the living room / kooks in the living room / kooks in the living room / kooks in the living room / kooks in the living room / know what to do


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 25, 2018



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