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Laine Ballard

wedded to where. or what. to live when sheets conflict and slip. a chest used by a young woman who is where? why gay marriage, who cares. on november 10th i tell Rah, i do like boy in a girl. where do you see boy in me? she asks. good question. i saw you first in your halloween costume: your stubborn briefs. your clothing and household goods. how could i have adhered myself devotedly to mere image. an outfit or a disguise. how can i adhere to linens and silver? slip a ring off; this is not a ring around. this’s lung capacity. adhered across what is beyond. are we heard

Laine Ballard

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