“and even you forgot those brilliant flashes seen from afar” -Ruth Stone

from A TEST OF COMPANY

XXV

Play
Pause
the object
is an obstacle life
not a yard sale
the separation of merch
and estate
the commodification of experience
the poetics
of capitalism
whatever no matter
what
get all your nouns in there
they’re special
just because you double down
doesn’t mean you’re not shitty

XXIX

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Pause

the difference between burning out and
fading away is
negligible
within the margin of error
beginnings are easy to see
endings
to lose
we put a real tree
inside our house
they put our house
inside a real forest
none of us
are staying not
a thing
not a narrative or ritual
our desire is the only
arrival
anyone else
want to invent
a new holiday

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Chris Tonelli is the author of five chapbooks and two full-length poetry collections, most recently Whatever Stasis from Barrelhouse Books.

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