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speaking of the secret by Karen Alkalay-Gut
published in Volume 1, Issue 4 on September 15th, 1994

             (with thanks to T'ai Dang)

   I

  Karen
  of the book
  manufactured
  by an increasingly
  sophisticated story teller
  who believes
  each legend
  and builds 
  sequels
  sometimes changing
  even the creation myth
  - and beginning again

   II

  The switched valise
  in Victoria Station
  a romance manuscript
  in place of the child
  -- text 
  growing
  organically

    III

  Who are you?
  Tell me your
  story
  No.  Smile
  and be silent.
  I'll make it up
  myself

     IV

   My man
  never gives me such stark 
  facts, threads
  his tongue in my mouth.

  V

  I want to tell you the truth
  I want to look good.
  The two
  are incompatible.
  
  VI
   
  I see you dancing
  a tiny man naked
  in white light
  everything about you
  is ink

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