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VITAMIN ZZZ

CLINICAL

Palinode: Myoclonus You sing my body

lullaby lacing

electric, pulse that tethers

under my tongue, drowning out

me to the wakeful

your Pied Piper tune:

world. Chalazae, small

in sleep, I still hear

knots at the ends of my rope:

your shaky flute, the mountain

how you hold my yolk

still waits to bury

alert in this shell

me under its rock

where suns fall into my palms,

and sway, your convulsive jazz

rise brutal as fists.

spilling from its cave.

Thug, you muscle me

Jennifer Perrine

into your tics, your spastic dance. Bouncer waiting at the cordoned doors to my hypnogogic trance: three nights without rest and my egg is cracked. But benzodiazepine, how sweetly it hums,

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WINTER 2018

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Vitamin ZZZ [Winter 2018]: "Clinical"  

From narcolepsy to sleep studies, restless legs to sleepwalking, insomnia to jet lag, this collection of poems and personal prose captures j...

Vitamin ZZZ [Winter 2018]: "Clinical"  

From narcolepsy to sleep studies, restless legs to sleepwalking, insomnia to jet lag, this collection of poems and personal prose captures j...