She plays as beautiful

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  • Published 20130604
  • ISBN: 9781922079978
  • Extent: 288 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

Before battle she brushes her hair
/a hundred strokes and sour breath/
Unfolds a vintage blue teal dress
from lady beetle tissue
Throws two dice on a leather place mat
looking for a set of sixes

Scents of collection
/her favorite is branded as “Judy Fly’s to the Moon”/
history her age and taste
and are sometimes stolen
by visitors and the landlord
(he cuts keys in the night under her house)

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