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V.


Better?—Remission?—what’s a name but a crater
whose bottom bottoms out—a buzzing some days,
a buzz-saw others—a social prosthetic—my mother
is no better—never a remission—her name a crater
I barf down deep—whoops, that’s my wife—a horror
showed—she shakes my shoulders—expletives fly
like a better name, a remission of what—a crater
bottoming out—buzzing—whose sum makes days?