The beach is covered in skin

and very little fabric

 

A light through which we all hurtle

 

Everyone’s a jerk

over email

 

Something’s wrong

with my mouth

 

I’m angry and resentful and try

not to let that show                 but it shows

 

How much of reading, then, is just a kind of narcissism—a marker of who you were and what you were thinking when you encountered a text?

 

Cross dressed and contra-indicated.

 

Psychobiological necessity or character flaw

 

The death          of cool

In my dreams, I knuckle walk

 

Take pictures of animals

behind glass

 

During moments of silence I suck

in my gut     

 

Carry my body wrong and thus am

in bodily pain

 

My dreams are warnings

not to dream         Avian raptors

 

Little baby field mice spreading all the head lice

 

 

marksJustin Marks’ second book, You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored, is forthcoming from Barrelhouse Books in Spring 2014. His first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues, 2009), and his latest chapbooks are We Used to Have Parties (Dikembe Press, forthcoming) and Best Practices (Greying Ghost, 2013). Recent work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Matter, Leveler Interrupture and similar::peaks. He is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and their twin son and daughter. 

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