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Bob Heman



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Listens in Spanish to the tale that was spoken in Norwegian. Speaks a poem in the language of the botanists and another in the language of the hydraulic engineers.



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Forgot where he bought the oranges. Forgot where the line of tunnels ended. Forgot the explanation the numbers required. Forgot the legend of the four bears.



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One turns left, or turns right and then climbs the stairs. There are bears wherever they go. There are words they must attach to whatever they see.



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Becomes what the door becomes when it is opened or closed. Becomes what the duck becomes once it is counted. Becomes a word that is written and then erased. Becomes a woman whose body is too soft.



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Is sad that it is Friday in Vermont.



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Quieter once the children leave. Quieter once the word “blackboard” is revived. Quieter once there are more goats than beetles. Quieter once the sign is painted over.



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Believes that Paris is only an aberration, and that summer is really a cart full of bees. Believes the difference between the mushroom and the wing is always little more than the letter "a".



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Wonders if she weighs the goldfish before or after.



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They expect the doors to be repeated, and the clouds to be repeated, and the punishment to be repeated. They expect the woman to be given a different number each time. They count using the letters that they found. They stop when the words that are formed begin to make sense.



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There was a place where their words meant something different, where the sky had been repaired too many times, where there were houses in the trees and trees inside the houses, where the man was measured by the distance he had traveled.



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The picture is what the poem was supposed to be.



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If more people get off than get on, what color is the animal?




Bob Heman’s collages have appeared recently, or are upcoming, in Skidrow Penthouse, Caliban online, Fell Swoop, Right Hand Pointing, Clockwise Cat, and The Forum of World Cultures, and have appeared on the covers of books by Evie Ivy, Karen Neuberg, Cindy Hochman, and David Mills, as well as on the covers of the last two Brevitas event books. He lives in Brooklyn, on the west end of Long Island.
 
 
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