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Sean L Corbin

CorbinSean L Corbin is the author of The Leper Dreams of Snow (Finishing Line Press, 2018). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Evening Street Review, Still: The Journal, CircleShow, Boudin, Crow Hollow, and Solidago, among others. He is a graduate of Morehead State University and the University of Kentucky. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife and two sons, and runs the Milestone Art Collective with Amanda Kelley Corbin.


What I’m really doing in the lotus
position while my favored scents
are burning into the very walls
of this cluttered nook and the singing
bowl is humming and the candles
are dancing and my electric

biology is sparking pain receptors
in every general section of my body
and I’m decaying at the joints
with my arms dangling from my
shoulders and my front teeth oscillating
beneath my lips and my children

are bouncing each other’s heads
against the coffee table and the dogs
are talking violently to the dogs next
door and the planet is going to
literal hell one degree and assault
rifle and polar bear and tiki torch

and Oxycontin at a time and my
father continues to rest beneath
the earth and his biological brother
continues to be very much alive and
also a fucking piece of shit and three
birds are arguing over which will

get to defecate on my dead car
parked in front of the house
and my wife continues to be
a collection of incandescent
wildflowers and national monuments
continue flipping each other off and

my brother-in-law keeps volunteering
at a women’s shelter and my heart
keeps beating and hoping to kiss
everything I can find on the
forehead before I decompose
is searching for my true names

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