A girl gets her first period in the year of 1893
Has the heat gone?
No, she has a rash in the morning
and static in her mind.
Only her dry tongue returns
to her moist upper lip.
And even at night there’s a stifling moon.
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The fabulous robber and his antipodean guest
‘Procrustes, a fabulous robber of Attica, was said to have stretched or mutilated – cut the legs off – his victims to conform them to the length of his bed.’ I put the item on my watchlist and after only a slight hesitation pull back the sheets. In the morning I check my mail –
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