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Hard Evidence

A room walled-in by books where the hours withdraw.

At the foot of an unmade bed a bird of paradise.

Motel carpet melted where an iron had been.

His attention anchored to a late night glory hole.

Of janitorial carts no heaviness like theirs.

Desire seen cavorting with the yes inside the no.

A soul kiss swimming solo in an open wound.

The self as church where the whores now gather in.


First published in Volt. Copyright © 1999 by Timothy Liu. Reprinted by permission of the author. All rights reserved.


Timothy Liu

Timothy Liu (Liu Ti Mo) is the author of Luminous Debris: New & Selected Legerdemain 1992-2017 (Barrow Street Books, 2018), among other books.

Date Published: 1999-01-01

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