Andrew Topel


looking through the scope of a high-powered assault rifle
twenty-six shells/alphabullets loaded into the clip
locate the target steady the breath finger finds the trigger/hammer and squeezes off a shot
the images in assassin are black-and-white photographs of murder scenes
hand-written black as the depths of night striking skull-crushing daydreams
that seep through my fingers and out onto the page a chess match
i versus myself – the western traditions i know lined up on one side
against the eastern traditions that fascinate me symbols of thought
intertwined & overlapped the roman alphabet clashes/crashes with
the calligraphy of the east bloodless assassinations on paper

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