A Daughter’s Birthday

Editor back-issues, poetry

Methylphenidate is the name I useTo lull my child to sleep,Swaddling her diaper rash in vinyl chloride.I haven’t slept in days but no matter, red eyesthey suit me like latex gloves.                       [What doesn’t kill you makes you strongerOr else,The pricks of a thousand chemicalsgrow you new tumor friendsto show your family and coworkers.] Paraben is the name I write on my mailboxto…

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