poetry critical

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Random Poem:

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i cannot slam poems.
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i cannot whip them into the night,
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hoping they stick to trees,
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impregnate the sky.
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i read your face up and down
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and i saw only the exquisite one worded
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blindness that show tunes and
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war have taught me to caress, sanctify.
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i saw a million gushed sonnets.
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i want to write some beaten, caffeine injected romp,
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tapestried to include the thoughts of
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every audience member there ever was
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yet dedicated to your thighs alone, corn husks.
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stupid student,
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tonight i sat with a crowd,
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we,
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sea of black wool and dirty mugs
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staring and staring at her strength
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lapping at the plutonium of her hips;
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her voice, a testsite
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nuclear slam
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our jealous tongues
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living mercurial
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through hers.
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i closed my eyes and tried to become those
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wild arms
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drum line verse
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tattooed jazz experience,
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i break.
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because when i said i loved you
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i didn't mean paper hearts.
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i meant
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let's be a coil together,
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let's writhe under a chapped sun
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and we will open our mouths only when
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our tongues have forgotten
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what the air tastes like.
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we will forget everything our bodies knew
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about oceans
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and we will let our skin grow
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desert-immune.
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and there will be no crowd
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no black and green
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only the scripture of our backs,
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the wet electric of our eyes.
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