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  • Keith Banner

everything maroon

it used to be the

only place on earth

and that was

survival


like you needed

to enter


that airless a-c

feeling

that planet of not-there

the smell of backed-up candy

butter and

amnesia


the color of luxury is

maroon


you can never forget

how poor you are

but here

you don't remember

a fucking thing

just waiting

for a set of memories to start


(you stole 3 dollars

from the cash register

shut up)


stacked up

medicinal

streisand

and the lost ark


you need something outside

of yourself

you need to know


that 1981

is just 1980

just 1979

just 1978


just you surfacing from

dirt and grease and mop-water

to claim a couple of hours


you are a member of

the human race


you are this

freak

here

enjoying

something

secret


everything maroon


then nothing but

what's there

and when it disappears

it doesn't even matter


when it goes under

you are already there


places have secrets

but they also have


screams


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