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Justin Marks

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Justin Marks

Justin Marks is the author of You're Going to Miss Me When You're Bored (Barrelhouse Books, 2014) and A Million in Prizes (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2009), which was chosen by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2009 New Issues Poetry Prize. He is co-founder of Birds, LLC and lives in Queens, New York. 

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I shake a notebook of empty
pages and say, It’s all in here   
Every word of it    Dead dogs and stolen
property    Embraced
debauchery    For 35 years I had
no story to tell    Only words
in need of form    Every breath
a bomb    An infinite
space to fill


Sometimes saying things helps
me see them    The memory
of a sacred so and so    Commands
written into the code    My hair
is a joke       There was an error
creating the error message,
says the computer    We will win
and publish our enemies


The city is a kind welcome

of fire    It's on fire

I tell you         not making sense

in the usual sense of the word sense

but a meteor’s bloom

The bad guys rehearsing

their latest number—

high kicks and all—the good guys watching

videos of unrest in real