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MAGDALYN GOULD

Refusal to see the rotting kitchen floor The tile is brown floral The tile is pealing up The tile is above dark wood The tile is a list of shadows The tile is crypt-topped The tile is you can’t be thirsty The tile is agape at noon The tile is star-lit rheumatism The tile is dirty cups, dirty cups The tile is a history of blue The tile is my mom isn’t home The tile is a little purple relish The tile is splintered by the sink The tile is don’t knock at the door, don’t knock The tile is open like unmet crescendo The tile is cross like undergarments drying The tile is not my father’s fireflies

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