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Assistance with Quickly Becoming Unbearable

KJ Hannah Greenberg

Admittedly more influenced by remonstrance than valor, no longer interested
In middle aged men's rhetorical scrutiny, or payola,
That snip of a gal gleaned endorphin-driven support.

Her near daily cross-examinations yielded chicken coop-level amounts of excitement,
Brought happiness, renal center remittances, sobriety,
Except when she refused to return our missing goldfish.

Thereafter, friends, meaning to finesse a little blackmail as a neighborly offering,
Evaporated, never to be seen among balding babies born after 1950.
Changes in Massachusetts' legislature suddenly almost made sense.

Still, the sight of the reptiles, of stuffed animals, of overwrought teenagers, repelled her,
Sending associated hand maidens back for psychology studies, chemistry labs, math.
Select individuals, within the academy, blamed the inoculation theory of persuasion.

KJ Hannah Greenberg's newest books include: Jerusalem Sunrise (Imago Press, 2014, Forthcoming), The Little Temple of My Sleeping Bag (Dancing Girl Press, 2014, Forthcoming), Simple Gratitudes (Propertius Press, 2014, Forthcoming), The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles (Bards and Sages Publishing, 2013), and Citrus-Inspired Ceramics (Aldrich Press, 2013).

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ISSUE TWO: Sly Early Stem

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