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Harryette Mullen
Harryette Mullen
Harryette Mullen was born in Florence, Alabama, and raised in Fort Worth,...
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A Thousand Martyrs I Have Made
by Aphra Behn
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Page 72 / mister arty martyr

 
by Harryette Mullen

mister arty martyr
a jackass to water
changing partners in
the middle of a scream

bereft of flavor
for lack of endeavor
he chooses a heifer
and loses forever

delirious boozer
he smoothes her sutures
removes a moocher
from her future

a thing of shreds and patches 
hideous scarecrow she
puts teeth in any nightmare
of the man who sleeps with matches






From Muse & Drudge, page 72, by Harryette Mullen, published by Singing Horse Press. Copyright © 1995 by Harryette Mullen. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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