From Ass­deep in Won­der, by Christo­pher Gud­geon. Pub­lished by Anvil Press in 2016. Gud­geon is the au­thor of eigh­teen books and lives in Bri­tish Columbia and Los An­ge­les.

Geist - - Findings -

Come, let us bathe Milton Acorn in rose­wa­ter and red wine, let us rub him with fine oils and per­fumed rags, dec­o­rate his hair with the feath­ers of ea­gles and smaller less-se­ri­ous birds. Let us gild his hem­or­rhoids and paint his liver spots every colour of the rain­bow. Let us wash his clothes in bleach and strong de­ter­gent, fes­toon

his coat with rib­bons and cof­fee stains. Let us buy him a real belt with notches, not fash­ioned with scis­sors and a Phillip’s screw­driver, but fac­tory in­stalled, like a new car smell. Shall we carry him through the traf­fic on car­pets made of horse­hair and fine card­board? The sun will surely groan with won­der and ev­ery­one we pass will ask: is that a poet or merely some glo­ri­ous hu­man cigar?

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