People who don’t speak

in their natural voices

look to see if you are watching them

formulate their next policy statement.

The manipulation of the facial tissue

in conjunction with an elevation in the throat

produces a most important sound

and a reapportionment of the lower lip.

She might be an anchor woman

describing riots in another world.

He’s testifying before a sub-committee

in expert cadence and pitch.

Listen to me, they keep saying,

I’m alone in a hotel room

eleven stories above it all.

I’m out of cigarettes and falling asleep

with the New York Times

smeared all over my hands.


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