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things I will put on my ethereal to-do list which is nonurgent and exclusively conceitedly self-serving:

by Elsie Coen 2 months ago in list

zero boxes checked

 type up all my houseless poems

I love them in pen but I lose them

there too

 read them all again and tell everyone else

too. swab peoples’ throats

with the poems until they gag

and have no choice but to

regurgitate every last morsel

 watch the world burn

and decide to write only

about myself and my favorite

tastes because escapism

is the purist form of

idiocy and I would love

to be pretty and

dumb as rocks

check zero boxes

and go on living stupidly


Elsie Coen

i am a middle school teacher whose words are not always appropriate for the classroom, but I'm sure as hell they've run their course through those kids' minds. salivate over the words and chew them until they're yours and only yours.

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