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Man on a Pedestal

Christine Scanlon

Life separates into panels
one square for playing, one for lounging
one where you can be a super-hero

disguised and on fire.

Houses that are attached
a whole block of window
Door window window door…

for everybody who passes
perspective condensed, leading
where to sit, park, stand

don't be a half-man
don't do anything half-assed
even if you divide your time
half is reality doubled

a man on a pedestal his arm bent
but not Barbie bent.

Excitement and know-how
learned from a magazine logo
letters connect to form the bottom line.

Christine Scanlon

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