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LIVELIER EYES

Hal Sirowitz

If your eyes are
the windows of your soul,

Father said, don’t you think
it’s time to clean them

by applying some drops.
I can’t see anything behind

your eyes. I only know
they must be working,

because I’ve seen you
scan the room. You

could use more eye-hand
coordination. Otherwise,

you look too much
like a mannequin

in a department store
some employee is

itching to cart away.


Hakim Bey once called Hal Sirowitz the most bearable of the Unbearables. He's the author of four books of poetry—Mother Said, My Therapist Said (Crown/Random House), Father Said, and Before, During & After (Soft Skull)—with a fifth one forthcoming from Backwaters Press in Nebraska. Ron Kolm, the undeclared guiding light of the Unbearables, was the first one to publish him in book form.

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