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In the odd dark, we design ourselves on the wall then the wall-to-wall mat, lying flat, allowing ourselves space between our selves to let tonight's recording do its work, usually a kind of water.  Then lets us go back to our rooms Page 45 where despite what is best for us, despite the session and all the night's voice tried to do with the sea, we may, if we choose, close our doors, turn on our one lamp, and make bleating heads eating our walls all the shadow animals our hands can manage while we wait for a sleep of our own.

Slept over. When his breathing became heavy, lying beside him I'd hit him at the country club, Page 54 stick a fork in his throat, throw him on the cart of petits fours, roll him out to the pool, bite off his lower lip, tear a huge chunk of cheek out with my back teeth while the membership looked on. Part of the fantasy always went: The nurses and orderlies were kind to me. At home, (even late nights in my underwear) I practiced for hours with my father's pistol strapped to my hip, fast draw in the mirror at myself.

He is limp and changed. We want to be next. The pulley giggles, then, as one by one we rise from the earth, or let ourselves down to take turns breathing. Page 11 grabbing Again you've made it past the bull, you and Philip, and take a leak in the woods between pasture and river.  Always neater, Philip hangs his pants on the fence that cuts through the oak and lays his shirt on his pants, arms out. When he peels his shorts, he opens the legs wider to keep leaves from falling off his feet into the crotch.

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