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self portrait (written while listening to Richie Hawtin)

Self Portrait

the devils
in the details
you grow
your blond
hairs you
shave your
blond hairs
my left arm
is from
Iona
my left arm
is from
the lower
world
come out come
out oh
mermaids
the hornet
nest is the
golden butter
the mytho-
poetic cabbage
is boiling with
goldilocks
quell quell
the rainbow
I live towards
the border
yeah

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