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Owens, Elisabeth, R. (ed.) / Encore: more of parallel press poets
(2006)

Ferris, Jim
Long division/multiple choice,   pp. 30-31


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Long Division/Multiple Choice 
   You must change your life. 
   -Rainer Maria Rilke 
We think the night divides the days 
but it's pain, pain 
something hurts it's me it's me 
pain divides the day and night 
pain tells the moments 
pain tells the days 
pain tells the life 
pain is life 
Q. When is more pain better? 
A. a. When the warriors lay down their weapons. 
     b. Right before the warriors lay down their weapons. 
     c. When it leads to better jokes. 
     d. Tomorrow. I mean yesterday. Last year. Back in the old days. 
     e. In the Bible. In church. 
     f. When the pain of holding too many possibilities in mind leads 
       to a simplistic view of the world - that benefits me. 
     g. Right after kickoff. 
     h. For others? I don't care. 
     i. When it reminds me I am alive. 
     j. When it gathers my fragmented attention. 
     k. When it reminds me I am alone. 
     1. Never. 
 More than one answer can be 
     true. Pick one. 
 Then change your mind. 
 Jim Ferris 
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