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"At the lunch table there is a new man. He has been to Dubai and it is very hot. But worse than that is Vegas he says. He gets very excited about Vegas. You have to step into the casinos to cool off he says. I don’t know how to gamble he says. Did you play the one armed bandits I ask. I played many one armed bandits he says. They give you free cocktails when you play the one armed bandits he says. Before you know it your eyes are cherries, lemons and sevens he says."

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Prose poems from my ongoing manuscript Never Mind the Beasts over at Ohio Edit:

http://ohioedit.com/2016/06/20/two-poems-by-marcus-slease/


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