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Where We'd Rather.

   The dependent surrounds
   itself with surrounded friction
   with presence
   and hides behind the want

   The little things
   consume the electric
   and ignore the natural.

   It doesn't look like a mystery

   Every story can get us where we'd rather not

   Hand the must-ing over.
   Halve the implications,
   so the impossible is split and spilt.

   Leave it.

   Who cares about the doing? Does it do. Does it do. Does it do?
   Doing makes the world go round!

   The goal here is not to ... no, no there is no goal.

   "This is both strange and provocative,
   and you've been here 592 times," it said.

Note: "Where We'd Rather Not" has lines/phrases appropriated from a New York Times article from this year called "Machines of Laughter and Forgetting" by Evgeny Morozov, from March 30, 2013.

LEAH UMANSKY's book of poems, Domestic Uncertainties, is out now from Blazevox. Her poems are forthcoming in Poetry magazine and THRUSH Poetry Journal. Read more at

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Title Annotation:POETRY
Author:Umansky, Leah
Publication:The Brooklyn Rail
Article Type:Poem
Date:Sep 1, 2013
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