Brian Foley

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ASSISTED LIVING

I’ve a world’s loose royalty
nostalgia steaming
in sex’s place
_______________flowers in the microwave
_______________cremated quietly
hymn
an atom bomb
shadow      that bursts in

busy grief

_________why catch light when it comes
_______________willingly

it’s the move towards loss
that interests the new suss

_______________trying to unsettle
_______________from this chair
_______________sitting inside me

that we slowly apprehend
rather than suddenly discover
should not subtract from the wonder

it’s the process of getting
____________________getting hungry

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AMENDMENT

I am under an impression

I stay alive
inside

attachments
instant

as the air is
previously owned

in buildings and streets
a deepening

resolve to stomach
the mistake in creation

provoked by presence
of revision

a wish
it wasn’t obvious

I have woods
to finish

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ENLIGHTENMENT

Bang!
because life
wants us to.
If that were it,

take money
and put it on
happy in pain.

Out of nothing,
so much con-
fused with moons.

Erotic is our
shopping at rest,
somehow loud

where night
is not thinking
us over

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