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Requiem for a Millennium
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Published: Mon Apr 30 2018
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Requiem for a Millennium

What are these spirits that inhabit our bodies trying to tell us?
        —Kazuo Ohno, Butoh dancer


Ghost clown in drag,
skin greased white, sheds
his mother’s kimono,

swims sinuous limbs
in glacial striptease,
mouth a red river,

nonagenarian hands
conducting isotopes,
body a spectral

tango, a shivering
amphibian, blown
toward footlights

of the millennium,
as he throws roses
back into the ocean of us.

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