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for Hayden Carruth
You came as sleep, warily:
when I woke
things had a deep-blue look.
You disguised yourself as night, but
behind the stars
I saw dark flashes of your body.
And as for dreams—
how many you tried me with!
It seems you never weary of your
hopeful grim deceptions
as though I stood in need of such
visions of filth and blood
to move me to acknowledge your