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Bob Heman


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They have enough time to fill many clocks.


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Uses the same word to describe different things. Replaces the frogs with moss, and the woman with a cardboard cutout. Opens the window each time it passes by.


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And woke the nuns asleep in their chambers, and the dogs asleep in their dreams of chase, and the machines that never really slept, but always seemed to wake facing in the same direction.


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Adjusts his legs to match the length of his pants.


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Manufactures the rainbows without knowing where they will fit. Builds a fence to keep the bicycles out. Asks the preacher for words to scare away the bears.


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The empty man weighs more than the man who is full.


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When he woke his skin no longer fit. There were doors where the forest had been.


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Has to start the machine that makes the bears cute and the machine that rearranges the cabin. Has to start with a list of the cows that are no longer red. Has to start with the man who has only just learned how to count. Has to start with some dirt inside of a hat. Has to start with a word that was broken in half. Has to start with some frogs that were rusted.


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The landscapers brought the frogs with them. The plumbers brought three boxes of cows.


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A note in his own handwriting asked that he be punished. A message in his own voice reminded him that the sky was blue.


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Explains the wheel with a room full of pigeons, and the salt with a slowly moving metronome. Explains the man with a dozen perpendicular lines.


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The common bear was drawn differently each time. Sometimes it filled the corners of the room. Sometimes it was filled with trees, or left behind a trail of numbers. Sometimes it looked like the sky.


BOB HEMAN lives most of his life on the page. His body lives on the west end of Long Island in what was once the city of Brooklyn.
 
 
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