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New York Quarterly - 1992

prescience

I was always charmed and ensnared by
hypocodont beldames,
inchoate slatterns,
caseic mesdames,
slimey prostitutes,
piss-biting
shrews...

and as I tell you about this,
I think,
I am now writing a rejected
poem

as my cat sits in the bathroom
window
puffing on a tiny
cigarette
stub.
    
The Flash of Lighning Behind the Mountain - 2004

prescience

I was always charmed by
hypochromic beldams
inchoate slatterns,
caseated mesdames,
slimy prostitutes and
piss-drinking
shrews.

but now I prefer to
live alone and watch
as my cat sits in the
window
devouring an abandoned
cigarette.