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26 Letters,
or,
A Complete Survey of Poesy

Dice rolled early August 1992 by Wayan and Cory; found in journal exactly twenty years later

My housemate Cory and I found a kid's word game that has 26 letter-dice; you're supposed to make a tiny crossword or something. Instead we took turns making a poem using whatever letters we rolled.

My first roll had a Q--luckily a U as well, so I had some flexibility and could phrase something vaguely risqué:

I HEAR A QUEER TOOL
AS ME TOE WETS
There is justice in the world, for Cory got an equally nasty letter-mob led by the dreaded X. She fought the good fight:
I.E.
ONE EX WIFE
FANS A GHASTLY ORE
next a bloody William Carlos Williams image came to me:
NRA HEN PROTEIN
QUART TINTS CAR
A red wheelbarrow indeed, beside those chickens. Cory countered with Shakespeare's adage on laughter as the best medicine:
ZANY DARTS DID CORE MEN'S GERMS
Still chicken-obsessed, but lacking an S for verbs or plurals, I too dove into the past with a warning from Macbeth's rooster:
WORM-FAME
RANG
THE FEY PET COCK
I was tempted by "petcock" but... Oh go look it up, I'm too drained.

Cory rolled twin Z's, but she drew on her bartending days for this haiku portrait of robotic drunks:

A COIN-OP BUZZARD
GUMS MY FIFTH
Shamanic headlines were my final hope:

YAQUI LUNG HOWLS AT PORK VOID

That only adds to 24; maybe some dice fell off the table. That's what's recorded, and besides, it reads right. If you gave me a couple of A's I still wouldn't add them. Pork void! Pork void!

Let's end here, before the STERN HAZE MELTS A HARP WITH FUR...



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