Aught, no. 13 (2004)

Jonathan Hayes

Godiva and Tiffany

a mole under the eye
is a sign of bad luck

he gave her everything
except the truth

a relationship sustained
by new restaurants

"look at the shops and markets

—equal and fair competition—

there is no monopoly in Chinatown"

white flowers = death

Mother’s Day

the longevity
of bamboo

the format gives it away

nothing is forever


forever is nothing



Jellyfish and Vinegar

breaks the bone

is on the throne

duck egg / skin anchor

ball and alcoholic chain

(submissive cucumber)

the weight of defeat

[on the perimeter of Times Square squared]

she took a Polaroid picture
and placed it on her pillowcase

next to her head in bed, whispering

a mantra
of multiplication tables


prayers answered


Copyright 2004, by the author. All rights reserved.
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