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This page is a blank wall.  in English at the University of Miami.

He taught me everythingalmost everythingI know.  They listen, that's all I know for sure. I sit here while he dozes in his recliner, TV blaring, and I talk softly to my atoms about the lives they made me and the other lives they've made, and I know in my deepest heart they hear me.  He was right, but he forgets himself already. He's already scattered. Who will live our billion lives? Page 49 Door I open and close my favorite door to hear the whine of binges; it doesn't lead anywhere, I think, but dark and anyway, I never go out: I have binoculars, good eyes.

We'd do it again and again until we reached our shore.  Sometimes I'd lie face down over the hole, look into my own eyes and taste the cold. One day I heard a car. Looked up to see my father speeding, spinning across the cloudy ice.  I would have the choice of saving my father or taking his place.  The water Page 15 was too cold to swim in. My teeth are still white and the moons in my thumbs are still frozen, will never melt. By spring we'd moved south. Page 16 Calmly While the Roof Swells Somewhere in a back room we're not even sure exists in our house, the old people waiting for us to grow old too and wear them hang like wallpaper, peeling, or dry-cleaned suits, and although we never open the door to look in, and although we're not quite sure there is a door, they murmur like the ceilings in old houses do when it rains and the wood swells to keep us dry: We listen and hear the hairs inside that can't find pores to push through push and curl back, a nest of hair inside.

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