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TWO WORKS
BY MILLIE NISS

OUR HONEYMOON IN A HAVANA CABANA (pdf)

OUR HONEYMOON IN A HAVANA CABANA (doc)

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AN EVIL MAN LEAVES HIS MOTHER IN AN AIRPLANE TO PURSUE WOMEN IN THE PARK

I. the plane ride

good old fashioned liquidsilver ice trays
incandesce on the plywood jetliners
lemonspruce sentimental oilskin wrappers
placate ill-advised trombones incessantly

hallelujah grapefruit virus vindicates
shenandoah yellow furry Cuban drag queen
frequent-flyer Hindenberg demonic vulgar
show-stopper single-minded lunatic

II. the park

what
hi
this
bird
veers
blue
wall
tree
gyre
bark
green
ash

III. the man and the woman

he lie left drop bad soul
I hide great green huge fear
my jar no full all gone
his mind long said all done

IV. his thoughts

ligand-gated ion channels
do kung-fu inside my nerves
laser guided protein sliders
doat on tie-died leprechauns


 
peon smashing kings of Asia
lie and smile beneath the moon
half-reclining airline riders
leap on bulls' eye underwear

V. her thoughts

I smiled
liquidly
on a tree
he laughed
slyly
in a car
he asked
slimily, pointedly
my name
I declined
purposely
I'm not
I replied
stupidly
your catch
and I left
hastily

VI. he speaks to his mother on the phone

roaring she said
where are you now?
what do you want?

come back to me!
I am your queen!
I rule the roost!

not any more
I know the score
in Bangalore.


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m.a.g.