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To touch the catalog
& its staged interiors, the furniture
unaffordable, out of reach. To read
the product names, unfamiliar enough
to not connote. Cold that I liked to
stand in my closet with my best silks
grazing my face & picture a woman
pluck the cocoons from boiling water.
That I shaved myself to smell like a man,
to think of my legs
more like a strong neck buttoned into
a clean collar. I held greed to my breast
in the house of work & I held it
in the house of provisions. Like doors my sternum
opened. I was a sunlit room where I could
set down my voice, leave it behind.
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