22 Sep

the bush tears up one’s feet
in bicycle-tire swaths, a grater
to an orange
similar to the way one’s father
cannot be known, not
like a first love
Vanauken’s shining, pagan barrier

photos help, from there
it’s imaginative, speculative
like an anthropologist studying
the cultures of children’s lit

Sendak’s and Seuss’
alternative societies, beauty standards
your wineoceros, a study
in aggressive sexual revolution
stoned out of his German-
East African mind, stamping
bloodprints, sloshed, across the continent

5,000 pounds per print
by today’s standards,
if well preserved, or petrified

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