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Advantages by Maryann Hazen
published in Volume 6, Issue 2 on June 1st, 1999

I relax so intensely, my skin snaps.
This badgering rationality is enough
to steam my eyelids. I practice
knuckle-cracking, chain smoking, 
coffee drinking, pill-popping ways
to take it easy. I idle so high, I can’t come
to a full stop. I could never stay
between the lines. I’m the root of all evil,
yet I pump the gas. I never intended
to evolve into this jaw-clenching, nail biting,
heart breaking, ulcer-burning son-of-a-bitch. 
I’m totally percolated
and the pressure’s gonna kill me
if you’re lucky.
I bake the bread of woe and lick
my fingers clean but I pay the tip, don’t I?
Don’t I? I’m a back stabbing, nit-picking,
road-raging bully boy and I dare you,
I double-dog-dare you, to love me enough 
before I explode
or very simply fall to pieces.

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