The Four Stages of Oral Fixation

milk flows. the falls leave the boats tied in clusters with cord. half the day is spent just longing. the moon over the pale trees sunset in the breeze. cork floats. after a while muscle the enemy. undone by nudging fruit inside the swaddling clothes. half an hour. noon passes. waste a little on the white cloth.

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PoemTim KahlTim Kahl
Three Renaissance Portraits

The discovery of the New World was thought to unleash fabulous and untold things, but its outcome was no different than the outcome of the colonization of another planet; in both cases civilized man would bring much of his evil. The New World also lacked something of the timeworn richness that history had given the Old World, a richness that may be civilization’s greatest gift.

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