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[POETRY]
 BRENT HAGEN
 JJ GOSS
 SUZANNE BURNS
 ALESSIO ZANELLI
 HOLLY DAY
 SANFORD FRASER
 CATHY TACINELLI
 BEN PASSIKOFF
 LINDSEY PALMER
 CHARLENE MARY-CATH SMITH
 COLIN DODDS
 LORETTE C. LUZAJIC
 TARA M. GILBERT-BREVER
 JOHN BRYAN
JJ GOSS

EXCUSES

I'm not depressed
I've been sleeping with the boa constrictor again
and I sort of like
the way he wraps around me
coiling
seductively
listening to the sound
of my shallow breaths

I'm not unhappy
but the marble mantelpiece
has hung itself on my eyebrows again
and the aliens
who abducted me last week
put my mouth back on
upside down
after the exam

I'm not tired of you
but my body was broken into
last night
the thief
who originally came
to steal my heart
decided instead just
to scoop out a big piece
and now the hole
is so big
that all you do
is rattle around in there

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