WE LIVED HAPPILY DURING ANIME SUMMER 2003!! YEAH!!
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WE LIVED HAPPILY DURING ANIME SUMMER 2003!! YEAH!!

Holly Raymond

in 2003 we went to the shore
to suffer some proximity
to something like shared gender
we were all very political
we all hated god
in an abstract way like
he’d pissed himself on a bus,
but another bus, one
we’d heard of but never seen,
the beach was a wet diamond
cutting up our teeth
everyone we met:
cat-girls

come foolish beach
to be like the boys
punching and punching
from an infinite distance
come cut through
corn fields as an enemy cuts
through, move at angles like a cat-girl,
lie down with me in the grass
to look at Newtype have you
seen this do you know
this

in 2003 we all threw up
every night
we all found ouzo under the stairs
we were snakes in the basement
in comradely terror of one another
touching fingers in the trunk
of the car of some psycho
who joined the marines
but kept showing up at youth group
and talking about hentai at Perkins
in front of the old ladies
and the little kids oh
what have you done

I liked to take my entire skin off,
fold it up and stomp on it
an astral body
vaguely cleaned up nice
oh cat-girls come and occupy
this empty cathedral
oh come online
oh forget this face during
the war calm stream of piss behind
the bleachers at midnight
everything vile to flee the body
all at once. during the war we lived

like fucking animals
please be quiet about it
we spent our money
on whippets in the war
and did subtle violence
outside beneath the sun
I forget what we did
under the sign of mono we
stayed home and played Animal
Crossing without beginning or end
we saw in the entrails
of rare birds the cat-girls
marching off to war
with their cat-guns and helmets
with holes for the ears
and war-pants with holes for the tail
we laughed for so long
at the thought of the thing

we lived between the fangs of cat-girls
during the war (iirc)
and only real assholes
sit there at the end of the poem
to ask us for forgiveness

bird
/depression/

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