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Manufacturing

1
 
A career in vestige management.
 
A dream job  
back—engineering  
shifts in salience.
 
I’m so far  
behind the curve  
on this.
 
So. Cal.
must connect with  
so—called
 
to manufacture  
the present.
 
Ubiquity’s
the new in—joke
 
bar—code hard—on,
 
a catch—phrase
in every segment.
 
 
2
 
The eye asks if the green,
 
frilled geranium puckers,  
clustered at angles
on each stem,
are similar enough
 
to stop time.
 
It has asked this question already.
 
How much present tense  
can any resemblance make?
 
What if one catch—phrase  
appears in every episode?
 
Does the language go rigid?
 
The new in—joke  
is a pun
pretending to be a bridge.
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