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"Words' Worth" Poetry Readings

Poets at the Culture, Arts, and Parks Committee of the Seattle City Council.

Feeling citric by Ryan Dunn

Orange bankruptcy
Foiling plans into
Creation of sweet
Juices and kisses.
Citrus burning
heart and soul
lips and veins.

Lost packages marked "handle with care" by Ryan Dunn

Closest to heart and mouth
Let Lethe take your place as
my mistress.
And pride in sacred judgments;
Replaceable not for friends' fingertips-
Secure its genuine.
Went astray my Cupid-
But straight goes the bow:
And your ricochet-
Keeps truth;
For I as long as you,
and parting would lend locks and petals.
Sentiment's security is in touch
And prolongation of injury is contained
Without, without remembrance towards
Infinite and the light
at the end.
There is fortitude
Tunneling in the reason of a heart,
and tossing refuse to the mind;
Cornering injustice
For pallid reverie by eye and heart
Wench will only fully sustain
When finalism and decision
Come to incredible gravity,
and do what particle physics cannot
the formation
of the end
of loneliness.

The struggle of life that is learning, and not knowledge by Ryan Dunn

imprudent students,
inside circles of better than
and outside of letting be.
the incorrigible determination
of above.
narcotics feeding identity of
and ego inside the generally
pleasurable, and calm.
argumentative beginnings
only destroy possibility
as pregnancy
of pallettes of luscious
courses course past
and set simply on the table
of others.
the lost tonation which
could have adjusted rigorous
justification, bestowed upon
the waiting and ready,
is paused, maybe for yet
another day. Eventually this,
the parched lips,
will forget the sandpaper,
will forget the alcoholic
dehydrator of intent,
and bring forth the sweet juices
the liquid water
and pour almost libelously
into a thirsting head.
the discussion of something seemingly
derivable, but intriguing
of the unknown, but seen before
the possible been dreamt of.
it keeps out the jogging mind,
speeding off to other places
as quick as the almost obvious
takes root in gluttonous feet.
While the knowledge stores itself,
it is still unobserved as the holidays
like ones we call religious
once sacred, and advising, now
tasteless, arousing the fears
of the passionate,
and the love of

openended and guarded, the mind
of the apprentice of self-
believing interests, boring in
between, as either not challenged
or idiocy,

Junked by Ryan Dunn

The skin of one man who sits commonly on the corner of the busy street,
is becoming tough by
the touch of a soft skinned woman. That touch which begins with a
hand, a hold, and soon a
caress falls into place in the monologue of her fingers.

Saving risks of what component lost by Ryan Dunn

hold down
into forgetfulness
by ignoring
easy ways of ignoring
in body and chemistry
which accumulates
to create

comes at a price
which takes
and otherness
for later payment.
While rapid signals
or mix-ups
until passed
for forgetting

It is pain
that lives here
when chemicals are
forbidden by
self-choice, limiting
acceptable narcotics
something stable
but still looming foreboding
as in strong side-effect
filled pills
which cry-ignore.

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