Cut-Up: Police Procedural

without a shadow & then the police
-drawing strange devices like curses
from out of the house & giving them
female names,
not of endearment
but desolate markets are in their
grassy eyes, distant as sun standing
on a pier beside a life jacket, foreign
even to the flack jackets they wear
whose custom is foreignness,
they know their
business: dead on arrival
te deum even the academy cannot
respect ironically

-admit the sound, voicely &
cut cut
the slim models promise
salt, brutal as then it was:
they call at a bad time
& worn messages
beep faith in
druggists &
please to not die
uncanny

~ Jamie Bradley

Jamie Bradley is an instructor and doctoral candidate in English at the University of Ottawa. His work appears most recently in The Puritan, the Moose and Pussy, Experiment-O.com, and in the collaborative chapbooks Dalhousie Blues (Ex-Hubris 2009) and The Visi Cue-Cue Reader (Canteen 2009). His first solo chapbook Compositions appeared in 2008 from Angel House Press.

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