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JANUARY 01, 2014 by MRB CHELKO

Borges said.
In all the world.

One man has been born.
One man
 
has died. Statistics.
All other insistences. That we are many.

In this Irish Pub beside MoMA.
I must be

getting sick. I must be getting
older. Unreasonable even

in my belief that
Austin, Michael, and I.

Eating cheese steaks. Are.
All of us. That agonized

WWI soldier
scratched to life wildly

by some German Expressionist whose name
we already don't remember.

Some dead
tortured artist.

The single man
who is always alone.

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MRB CHELKO

MRB Chelko is the author of Manhattations, winner of a 2013 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, and author of two previous chapbooks: The World after Czeslaw Milosz and What to Tell the Sleeping Babies.

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