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Saloon Doors by John M. Anderson

Saloon Doors by John M. Anderson

Poetry, Vol. 3.1, March 2009

Sternum split with a surgeon’s coping
saw of light,
boardwalk’s slattern ribcage swinging

every stranger’s silk-vest entrance, shadow’s
laced fingers
on the barroom’s kerosene sawdust—those

are the stage flat hills, hinged gold and angel’s
corset flapping
whalebone wings all night. Matched tortoiseshell

combs in the whore’s hair who hasn’t yet
turned that
horned, wise, yellow-flat gaze to meet you.

Dealey Plaza Action Set by Laurie Barton

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