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Rolodex

He wants something.  
Just because he doesn’t understand doesn’t mean he doesn’t want it.
He wants that man who wakes up and wants to die everyday.
From his fingers to his toes
where the blood struggles to go
his yearning flows.

Clearly, McCleary’s in love.
 
He was strong,
but that was when
the site of him would loosen bowels.
Now his suit hangs like jowls.
It doesn’t mean he’s thrown in the towel.

Why won't he open up,
talk some shop.
Can he wait him out.
Did he hear him shout?
Come by next week; we can get a drink and talk about Cincinatti.
 
Turning, turning like his rolodex.
There’s a yearning, yearning
for the one who plays it close to the vest.
Ashes fall from his cigarette.
 
You notice the fingers, imagine the toes --
yellowed and hardened where the blood never goes
but the heart is still pumping.
There’s something it knows.
 
As the mind tries to maneuver
around the heart
there’s still the part
that wants to take him to Peter Lugers.
 
Clearly, McCleary’s in love.
 
If your mind tortures you
the way Joe’s tends to do
it’ll follow through to where the blood never goes.
You can look at the fingers and imagine the hidden toes
in your mouth.

Clearly, McCleary’s in love.

Letting the air out of his loneliness like releasing a prayer that will never be heard.

Turning, turning like his Rolodex.

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from You Were Never Really Here, released May 6, 2018

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Lusterlit Brooklyn, New York

With their songs created for Bushwick Book Club, BBC founder, Susan Hwang and BBC contributor and producer, Charlie Nieland, have joined forces to perform as the new, literature-inspired duo—Lusterlit. Both vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, Charlie and Susan alternate lead vocals and harmonies while supporting each other on guitar, bass, synth, traditional Korean drum and accordion. ... more

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