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A Snap Quiz in Body Language – David Wagoner 

We can’t hear what they’re saying, but that man
is holding that woman in his arms. Your assignment
is to deduce their thoughts from what they do.

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Smoke – Caitriona O’Reilly 

 

It was eight hundred miles from Xi’an to Beijing
**but from the windows of the train we could see nothing,
***the landscape (was it temples? was it mountains?)
****absorbed by a blotter of thick brown smoke.

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Celeriac – Stephen Massimilla 

Artery-twisted
on the outside,
the torn, blood-draggled glove
of a poor ogre’s heart,
the most pointlessly
neglected vegetable.

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The Candle Indoors – Gerard Manley Hopkins

Some candle clear burns somewhere I come by.
I muse at how its being puts blissful back

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