Fall 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 4 PoetryOctober 1, 2010 |

All Trains Are Going Local

Slowing down your body enough to feel. Thought you were at a standstill but you were only slowing down enough to feel the pain. There are worse things than running to catch the train, twisting your ankle, the afternoon fucked. Running to get to or away from? the stranger who helps you up wants to know, you who are so used to refusing help, you who prefer over-the-counter meds and a fifth of Jack to anything scribbled on a prescription blank. Just want the pain to go away, you say, feeling is so overrated, surprised to find yourself exactly where you are, in need of someone else to help get you going to wherever you might be going next--- the treasure map always scrawled in someone else's hand.

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Timothy Liu’s next book, Luminous Debris: New & Selected Legerdemain (1992-2017), will be out next year. He lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY. www.timothyliu.net

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