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Hand by Dean Kostos
published in Volume 10, Issue 1 on June 1st, 2003

In the midst of glass
he can't quadrate
a mannequin's hand
into its polystyrene
wrist. He can't adjust
its gesture.
The square flange
lodges in the wrist's square
hole the wrong
way, so the hand
won't rest
at hips
(poised as if
the mannequin
stalked breezes,
long hair scrawling
toward a future),
instead twists forward,
agitated
as if it could rip
a hunk of flesh,
as if it could
strangle
him.

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