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Alex Lemon is the author of The Wish Book: Poems (Milkweed Editions, 2014).

operation: get down

Alex Lemon

       It is very
       Common
              To have

       A cave within us
              To hide

       Away in when it all
       Seems hopeless. To cry

              Tears of mostly blood.

       To feed on the day-
              Dream in which

       Side mirrors shear off
              Of your car

       As the walled road
                     Narrows.

       To swerve might make...

       There is a saint for the down
       & out. A rock is a rock

              Is a rock & redwood
              Trees grow out
                     Of our chests.

       It is horrible & right,
              Here in this place. Dum

              Spiro, spero.
We're all in
       This shit together.

From Fancy Beasts by Alex Lemon. Copyright © 2010 by by Alex Lemon. Used by permission of Milkweed Editions.

From Fancy Beasts by Alex Lemon. Copyright © 2010 by by Alex Lemon. Used by permission of Milkweed Editions.

Alex Lemon

Alex Lemon is the author of The Wish Book: Poems (Milkweed Editions, 2014).

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The entire world wants
To pretend to be a foreigner
In a big box store & wander
The aisles shouting, endlessly—
But I am pretty sure that today
Is my day to not just be a guy
But to be the guy. A baby grows 
In each drawer of the million