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Kevin Simmonds




Anatomy


 

There are five senses

and then

the poem

 

And from pain so intense

that the openings

close

 

await aperture

 

even for a body crowded

with bones.

 

 

 

 

Saigon


 

He masturbates me under

a clean white towel.

I've come for the metaphor

above the entrance:

Golden Smile.

 

And isn't this why

we fought in Vietnam?

The commerce between us—

baby oil unifying skins,

the opal of us shimmering

before my shot of silver, later,

the shower's steam thick

among locals and foreigners

satisfied with such extravagance

for so cheap.

 

The dollar is strong.

Currency of the weak.

 

 

 

 

Hysteria (A True History of the Vibrator)


 

that which proceeds from the uterus.

Treatment:                               

Massage.

 

Moisten these parts freely,

keeping it up for some time.

Doctor or midwife only:

Heat ambergris or civet,

oxgall.

Work the work

husbands have not.

Suffocation of the womb causes shortness of breath.

This is natural.

Dangerous.

No more than one hour.

Don't scream.

They go into fits,

Natural.

misuse of the pedal-operated sewing machine,

take long bicycle rides on cobblestone.

Crackling bouquet:                                                                                           

Electrotherapy

Wet wonders:                                                                           

Hydrotherapy

 

Fingers of doctors & midwives saved.

Climax down from an hour to ten minutes.

 

Now available from Sears, Roebuck & Company:

 

"Aids That Every Woman Appreciates"

 

Women's Christian Temperance Union approves.

Take as needed.

Use as directed.

Full throttle.

A head.