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Two Poems
by Elaine Kahn

Kelly Schirmann

ROMANCE



I have heard it said

that love

turns people

soft

but I have

never been

more

brutal

 

 

 

ATTACHMENT THEORY



One baby says to the other baby

Look, the nurses are smoking

Look, the nurses are beating each other up

 

It is Saturday

and the babies

are holding me

 

Arms outstretched

the bods of godlets

Expecting

puts a seal

onto the world

So I am not

 

What is an O?

What is the circle of a guttural emission?

What is O-O-O-O-O-O-O-O  

Ahh

I rattle like a baby

with a bottle

and a rattle

 

Do you think the reason babies love rattles

is that somewhere

in their softest, infant brains

they know

that’s what a Xanax bottle sounds like?

 

Do you think I’m a baby?

There are some ways

I am not

 


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