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December 12, 2022

Getting Away (Party)

No matter no spirit no wheel no world

What stopped being joyful spawned

Pursuits barely tethered to life choices

That slipped and fell and had to be

Revived the rambunctious soul noise

Spattered across windscreens

Of intelligible reverberations costly

Cheap in the vernacular there was no settling in

There was no relief of sunlight following

Brutal storms there were no fireflies

No stochastic mumbles no relief the pale

Wagering set sail and prompted paterfamilias

Fatigued with prior gardens still reeking with



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by Sheila E. Murphy

Sheila E. Murphy is the recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award for her book Letters to Unfinished J. (Green Integer Press, 2003). Her most recent book is Golden Milk (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2020). Reporting Live from You Know Where won the Hay(na)Ku Poetry Book Prize Competition (Meritage Press (U.S.A.) and xPress(ed) (Finland), 2018).  Also in 2018, Broken Sleep Books brought out the book As If To Tempt the Diatonic Marvel from the Ivory. The chapbook Separation Theory (Writers Forum, 2004) was just reprinted (Trainwreck Press, 2022). BlazeVOX will publish Learning to Relax in 2023. 

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