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“Manumission”, “Cigarette Flick” and “The Westbury Elegies #2”

Poetry Issue Nine by James Hamby

Manumission …from the mud, spiraling double-helix intent upon apotheosis ersatz DNA, verisimilitude of countless generations separating us from first mover/primordial ooze copies of copies effigies of weltschmerz simulacra of daedalian dreams melted by sunrays burning as we venture too close or wake, blinking at the morn. What then? Can we escape the cave, turn from shadow to illumination, or should we find contentment in mud and echoes? Cigarette Flick Speeding down 27… from forgettable sedan erupts puncticular orange defiance weaving through night on asphalt flame shatters, flutters into earth-bound stars …

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