a slurp and a harrumph with a different mien
than the usual slaphappy highball in the mouth
wrap it around the straw and inhale
border patrol roadside examination quiz kid approbation
of the school system of thought self-satisfied rather
[Hofzinser] loved his card work passionately
and called it the poetry of his magical art.
we have the burning bush for an example
of the magic conjuror’s art Houdini would have
a woman sawn in half according to the custom
and in her wake two half-sized pints of girls
one to a customer per the divided box
Christopher Mulrooney is the author of toy balloons (Another New Calligraphy), alarm (Shirt Pocket Press), Rimbaud (Finishing Line Press), supergrooviness (Lost Angelene), and Buson orders leggings (Dink Press).