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A 1991 STUDY OF APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS, OR, AN OPEN LETTER TO DR. LOVAAS

Thou shalt beat him [a child] with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. — Proverbs 23:14 Dear Dr. Lovaas: I must tell you about the hot brand embossed into my sacroiliac skin, a letter D like my … Continue reading

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Scapegoat

And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel…putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away…into the wilderness. … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo Poem #5: Seventeen

The bus seems like a perfect exit to a girl, seventeen, with a dammed-up chest. Years ago, the concrete poured, the walls maneuvered into place while the contractors cast over her face with stone: straighten up. You’ve got nothing to … Continue reading

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WWP Poem #27: Fifteen

You, perceptive enough to pick up all the half-rhymes hanging out in your stomach; you, with a galvanized ear leading to tubules that course straight up into your brain; you, possessing databanks built out of flesh humming in data process … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo Poem #26: Box

There is a box. It is wooden, a mistreated servant made out of rot and blood stains. It holds some of my years, the ones where the mirror looked like broken teeth and empty bedrooms. Sycamore legs that looked like … Continue reading

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Protected: NaPoWriMo Poem# 24: Scapegoat

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Echolalia

Abuse by Razor Sharp Candy This triptych poem was written for two prompts: Justice/Injustice at Totally Optional Prompts and Read Write Poem Prompt #49: Mission, Echolalia. This deals with a rather difficult subject (child abuse) so if you’d rather skip … Continue reading

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