2.4


2.4



Tire me with white lies and petty pretty 

complicity—we've never ventured far 

from here, preferring civil to the city.


The summer streets don't smell of death, and tar

crossed avowals on mortar and concrete

are dusted away by hairspray and money.


The women walk fast, low cut and high cleat—

and men turn their heads, eyes sunken and puny.


Point to me, starlet, with newer good lies; 

watch my eyes receding, beady and dead.

Lie to me, lie to me, lie to me bride.

Gaze into the sockets of slime in my head.


   Palms to the temple, and alms to the flesh,

pray to the steeple the tender are blessed.




74

73

(second crown)

72

71

70

65.3

65.2

2.3

68.3

2.2

69

68.2

8.2

68

67

66 (China shop)

65

64 (I'm not mad, beautiful)

63

62

61

60 (little miss)

59

58 (?)

57 (13 lies)

56

55

53.2

53

52

51

50 (the barmaid's freckled hand)

36 → 49 → 45 → 46 → 47 → 37 → 48 (first crown)

49

48

47

46

45

44

43

42 (old friend)

41

40

39

38

37

36 (dangerous)

35 (falling)

34 (one for the team)

33

32 (paean)

31 (sorry R)

30 (bleavenly hiss)

29 (2B at “The Tannery”)

28 (your name is Slim, slim)

27 (Queen of Ice)

26 (more Ann)

25

24

23 (double R)

22 (seated at her table)

21 (just years)

20 (John John)

19 (saints and winners)

18

17 (life unweaved)

16 (a long night)

Before (15)

14 (eleven)

13 (holiday)

12 (Never Forever)

11 (joust that hack built)

10

9 (seventy)

8

7

6

5 (little loser)

4 (adieu)

3

2

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