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Cowboy Song for a Fashion Spread
Jared Stanley

The ravening errant hair
of the clothes horse made tough

in dire nature, by the Lear Jet,
by the mesas in stormless

weather, demonstrates
the romance of the basics:

"goatskin blouson with a fox
collar." We forget.

Cut to messes in the pass,
my thirsty boots look good in this

situation, thirsty and miserable,
dragging myself into a fort

named for a smallness of spirit,
too cowboy chic in my scorpion

belt buckle. Our desserts
left darkling, shivers blast

the fine fur at my collar—
a little wrankling thinness

into a wild of shadows pressing.

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