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Sharp Memories

soft blue gown
for my trip to the altar -


worn-out deck of cards
abandoned on the shelf
shouting in the hall


"no sharps" noted
on every meal receipt:
words still make a knife


new neighbor leaves
the door open more
identical rooms


those with keys
and those without

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D.W. BAKER is a submerging poet from St. Petersburg, FL, where he writes about place, bodies, belonging, and the end of the world. His work appears in Sundog Lit, Corporeal Lit, Feral Poetry, and Modern Haiku, among others, & has been nominated for Best of the Net. He reads poetry for Cosmic Daffodil and Hearth & Coffin, and served as guest editor for Naked Cat #6, featuring work related to bipolar disorder. See more at

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