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Lawrence Silver
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RULES
In
Wilno they teach you Do not point at the Moon Nor pee where it can see you. Most importantly: Do not fall in love with the Moon. Some nights the streets Are filled with furious Balts Pointing
and peeing And writing love poems.

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DESIGN
When I submitted the
latest design For my ghost I included a note That many things were negotiable I am willing to be real or imaginary Or some combination of the two. Palpable? Impalpable? No great matter. I am willing to wear full armor And walk battlemen...

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IN THOSE DAYS
Their virtues went
armed Patrolling the streets In pairs. Honesty
itself Sought my blood And would have had it If some well-formed
lies Hadn’t come to my
defense.

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ADVICE
William Blake had a
chat with St. Joseph Who advised him that he
should mix Tempera, varnish and carpenter’s
glue With just a touch of gold leaf Before painting on canvas or copper. Unfortunately, Joseph knows nothing About painting. Had
Blake checked With ...

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PREFERRENCE
Though dead since living memory runneth not to the contrary Professor Longfellow tries to keep up with modern poetry Reading it in English, French, German, Italian, Greek And Proto-Uralian, which is not really a language But a conjuration of   parti-colored...

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IRINA
Arriving just too late to
save her, Irina’s angel Gave her company the entire way from the roof Of her apartment building to the pavement In the courtyard. My great aunt Had excellent reasons for stepping off a roof. Her angel had his reasons, too, for bein...

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ACTE
On days he doesn't hunt
Prince Tamino Dances for an hour before breakfast With a servant insufficiently nimble To be elsewhere when the call comes. Pamina is long gone, having joined One of Hogarth's prints: Actresses Dressing In A Barn. (She understudies T...

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BEAR
Since my brother had
cornered the market In imaginary friends, I made do one summer With an imaginary associate, seen by appointment. He was an offwhite polar bear, nearsighted But impressively big. He sometimes growled At Gucko and Foofoo when they visited...

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THE DUET
The recording hisses and
pops Every violin is playing in its own key Or underwater. The soprano Died in 1937. She'd forgotten her name But not that she'd been a soprano. The baritone was last seen Climbing into a cab with a companion Variously reported as h...

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ON EXAMINING FELIX NADAR'S PHOTO "PARIS FROM THE AIR, 1866"
If you magnify it ten
million times You can just make out, by a railing, My old high school principal, Leonard J. Fliedner. The photo, Taken from a balloon over Paris, Shows
Dr. Fliedner looking as he did When I knew him a century later Excerpt that his m...
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