devin wayne davis
devin wayne davis, known also by his pen name "townee," lives in and works for the state of california. he has been published in the sacramento anthology: 100 Poems, sanskrit, the locust magazine, kota press, dwan, pierian springs, perihelion, and pig iron malt.
from a nightshirt
--the sun rises
is checking ...
if they have id;
if they rode legally;
if they have a problem
whether they have chips;
perhaps, planting an informant in ranks;
training poor kids
to routinely submit;
knives, the bomb, wmds,
using his crossing guard forearm
as a gate--
extorting drug money.
punctuation as a second language, i
a dash is redundancy, prefaced--
clarification that is often misleading,
or oddly contradictory; however,
as a bracket--an aside, which won't be held;
that can't wait--it is quite useful.
punctuation as a second language, ii
implies a leap
of logic; that what
follows it is
by something lent,
to the previous sentence.
and so, those two thoughts
remain disjointed; yet are compatible,
the span ...
punctuation as a second language, iii
semi-colons allow one to keep on going
--pontification; defecation; eliminating the need
for an and. when you were a kid, everything
was a part of a bigger picture; ripping pages
from a drawing pad, you can just fill
infinite space; and ...
punctuation as a second language, iv
a comma is a tale
that stretches with clauses,
& catches the tongue;
changes your meaning--
turning into mouth.
but, the truth is, i'm never sure
when to use this mark; or why,
since it would be better
to order your words properly and, thus,
avoid the condition.
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