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you are the brother Karamazov you are all of the brothers Karamazov I said you are all of the brothers Karamazov | Tammara Nassar

you are the brother Karamazov you are all of the brothers Karamazov I said you are all of the brothers Karamazov

everyone I meet helps me
write about you especially
when they write their lovers’
names on cigarette smokes
but I never write your
name on cigarette smokes
(I do not think of you
when cigarettes smoke)
 
 
I only write your name
dignified
in a language
undignified
on solicited people;
they are all blood suckers

and blood is thick

and water is bottomless
 
 
 
but skin is beautiful
 
 
 
 
 
and smoke disappears.

About Tammara Nassar

Tammara Nassar is soft and difficult and careening but thinks the world looks like it's trying to stay. Her work has been published in we're here, we're queer, and we probably love too hard zine and her forthcoming chapbook, giving birth at Qalandia. She can also be found on Twitter and Tumblr.

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