“Linguistics” by Steven Santroni

-Koi No Yokan-
Skylight Books Vermont in May
two strangers traipse through rows of musty heaven
neither foresaw their single alteration
siamese chin up

-Cafune-
grape gallivant leads to Santa Barbara hammock
dusk settles in carefree sway leg tangle
eyelash to earlobe to mouth retina food
fingertip hide and seek in strawberry keratin

-Layogenic-
bottles and bread for supper couples forced laughter
minutia arguments and eye rolls in rows of canned foods
lid umbrella mascara runs and cobblestone tantrums
dew desert that Mojave mirage

-Rhwe-
multitudes flow with corn and grain
inanimate objects sprout wings
sailors reconvene every bird chirp and eve
makeshift berber bed saturninity

-Mamihlapinatapai-
cig drawn sigh under one lamp apathy
shuffle in the brother the sister
retired cartographer coitus
so go so go the sojourners say.

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