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themovementsmoving:

I stopped writing poems
because I became tired
of getting undressed
for people who only loved me
for my body of work.

poets
are emotional ventriloquists,
using words like puppets,
for readers who—like children—believe the words are actually moving on their own.

The clothes’ new Emperor.
as beautiful
as the words
I wear,
getting undressed
to show the world,
there’s a real person under there
somewhere.

-Jaime Lee Lewis