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Peter Kline

  

      Mirrorform

      Written into absence
      certain words explode,
      strewing their starry payload
      in morphemed radiance

      each time they join. What chance
      have we to spark like that
      before our verse is set,
      written into absence?

      Mirrorform

        Desires ungratified
        Persist from one life to the next.
            ––James Merrill, The Kimono

      Desires ungratified
      break down into the flesh,
      tangling in the mesh
      of plaited nucleotides.

      Some spike the lymph, or blood.
      Others, more benign,
      put kinks in the family line
      who can’t be gratified.