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Pentimenti and Palimpsests - J.D. Perl

Life is written drunk as Joyce

And edited sober as Thoreau

The constant cringing anguish

Of the ghosts of prior iterations

The rough drafts of who I am now

Occasionally still peaking through

From under the carefully edited,

Neatly curated layers

Of every me that I was after that;

Like transitional forms

In the fossil record of the mirror

The ghosts at the feast

If I knew then what I know now

I would’ve done it all differently

I would’ve been cool

And suave, and gracious, and urbane


J.D. Perl enjoys the music of Miles Davis and John Coletrane; the films of Stanley Kubrick and Milos Forman; and fast-casual dining concepts.

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