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ARDOR Literary Magazine - Issue One, Jan. 2013

Issue One, Published January 2013

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AFTER BASTILLE DAY Poetry by PETER MCNAMARA Slink slickly up Madison Ave, hugging storefronts for what shade they cast from awnings day so fierce glass towers sag earthward like sluggish mercury one of those noontimes it'd be shrewd to duck for lunch into a dark lounge a frigid retreat from summer's fray-- hunker away from showers of sweat retreat to seclusion we'd hope so still that flesh might slowly again firm up like lime Jell-o--but no, it's not to be: out of the corner of an eye I spot . . . a lady asks us for a (donation) for a terrible disease but we don't give her one we don't like terrible diseases . . . beer's chilled my Reuben yawing with prime pastrami that sort of day: no hiatus, no escape from reality edgy with consequence, no relief from City's pressure cooker behind damp collar running down pits New York a Friday three days after Bastille Day, yes, and too far isolated from the Gallic world perhaps as heat-brutal-- but buffered civilly by savoir faire. *We recommend reading this poem with formatting.

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