Jan/Feb 2016 • Vol. XXXVIII No. 1 Poetry |

Notes on Relief

From the journal of an amateur genealogist 1 You could say I suffer from long-range determinism. I think a lot about passenger pigeons, trying to suss out possible ties—one century the most abundant bird in the world and the next, extinct. At 10 in the morning, I'm already on Untitled Document 26. 2 There's something mosquitoes love about girls, as if they can smell the extra blood. Type O tastes best of all but who knows why. A rare commodity then, my sweetness. In high school, the Red Cross came looking for donations. I weighed too little to give any. And I was proud of it. This is really what girls are like. 3 Last year, an important breakthrough was made on the subject of itching. Hello little neuropeptides, found you at last. But this discovery taught us nothing about the feeling that comes when you scratch and scratch, what tells the brain right there, you got it, right there, yes— 4 My father is O also and donates often to keep

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