22 November 2011 | Vol. 10, No. 4

What Kind of Slow Creeping Death Are You?

Takes the Scotch out of your tape,

the plaid out of your shirt,

the poodle off of your skirt.

And the poodle goes

to die in the alley,

nutso and diseased,

more billionthy than a nanosecond,

more milionthy than a micron.

Scratch, scratch,

degrees of leaving,


like the little graves

of the fleas fleas have.

Between them, the smallest view of sea.

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About the author:

Bradley Paul's second book of poetry, The Animals All Are Gathering, was selected by Jean Valentine for the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry and was published in 2010 by University of Pittsburgh Press. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Pleiades, 5 AM, and numerous other journals.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Bradley Paul at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 10, No. 4, where "What Kind of Slow Creeping Death Are You?" ran on November 22, 2011. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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