Max Cohen

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LETTER TO EILEEN MYLES ON THE ORIGIN OF THE WORLD

Dear Eileen,

___you look like
___my sister
___and remind me of
___my sister
___she was gay
___in the 90’s
___but not
___the 80’s

___I mean
___you remind me of
___denim
___and you look like
___denim
___and I remember
___the origin of the word
___(a French town)
___and how poorly
___it fits

___America
___fits poorly
___on all of us
___though not
___uncomfortably so
___what I mean is
___nobody’s ass
___looks good
___in America.

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___when I was
___born I hated
___my sister

___when the world
___was born
___it could not hate

___its sisters
___taught it how
___with rocks

___when I was
___young
___my sister
___held me
___down
___strapped
___her bra
___on me
___like a rope
___and laughed

___I’d never
___felt
___so narrow

___it’s so hard
___to laugh
___at your own
___funny
___sufferings

Eileen

___you make it look
___so easy
___it scares me
___like my sister
___scares me

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___if I met
___the sisters
___you’ve loved
___I’d probably
___love them too

___in a
___theoretical
___way, the way
___I love the world
___and the simple
___origins
___of things

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___because
___I’m scared

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___I throw rocks
___at the water

___and pretend
___it’s me

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