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Monday, November 1, 2010

Necropolis Streetcar

by Jessica Otto

If she were alive
her name would be Aureate Lion,

On this Saint’s Day
she shines gold,
windows open and flaunting;
she scrawls escapist vulgarity

down the tomb cover tracks.
The masonry cracks against her
and a monument
in the shape of a griffin

wings broken.
Without hesitation she dives
into the tunnel, pounding

the bones of clergymen
as if she could cut away
the gangrene on the hind legs
of the city.

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