Hugh Behm-Steinberg

From an end is the towards to

By picking and when doing it can’t start being
like a plant you knotted when it was young it
grows up with a knot so it takes longer to think.

They line them up and make them apologize.
Being plastic they’re too permanent to feel
sorry to get buried to release you, lids, parts

do what you love you have to keep doing

your war keeps replacing your other war, keeps
replacing your house with another war your kids
play with green army men they’re all you


Has coming out of become the world around her
so cornered the bare limbs radial and splintering
a cathedral in every pocket just in case a bird

needs to live it up on you they can so it’s great
it’s going to be so great it’s going to keep on going
when there are no policies. You’re on the coast

trim your reeds even the custodians think about planting
tables you know they do that in Canada overturning with all
the dioramas you want to look you want to look at them all

you want to keep looking at them all.


The finished knowing them, the dark none of us
the slanting shallows, the business of circuits
spinning harder don’t leap from experience

into the safer ghost, the safer ghost, the safer ghost.

The central point where both hurt. The field
over time the longstanding cooling the perfect
building that is perfect because

it doesn’t have a door so you don’t have to
leave you don’t want to leave. Some of that
is shooting some of that is just going by.


Using the money to mouse on that feeling.

Sit in a warm room now words come out how
will you feed them; they’re venerable in their
unravelings. Keeping track of weather stowed

away some advice is to forget gravity good
forces orbits recorded all the same it’s harder
of course it’s harder it keeps getting harder

every day is the it of burning, is an aide to
it might hurt you even more you need a mouse
to bite through the mice don’t work for you.

Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press), as well as three Dusie chapbooks, Sorcery, Good Morning! and The Sound of Music. He's a steward in the Adjunct Faculty Union at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where for ten years he edited the journal Eleven Eleven.
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