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Aspartame, my Aeroplane

from by Helen America

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aspartame my aeroplane
leave my hands behind the grain
arthur blurred the softest word
chewing cream of pickle bird
evergreen my turtle bean
I unglove my smile machine
perfidy and entropy
perforate my alchemy
and when I find you
what kind of dress will you be eating
come up behind you
don't drop the eggs that you are beating
oh little goat eyes and cloven toenails shiver
when I whisper
now it's time to go
harlequin ex-capuchin
sweet acetaminophen
carbonade your escapade
carbonate your lemonade
atrophy my enemy
little sea anemone
yellow bees with lung disease
leaf through aristophenes
and when I find you
you will be caroling for petals
and I will wind you
snakelike around a rod of metal
draw you out of the wound where
the flakes of mustard settle
and now its time to go


from In the Palace of Green Porcelain, released December 4, 2009


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Helen America Seattle, Washington

Helen America's delicately-crafted, profusely literary songs evoke fairytale worlds laced with menace - her haunting lullabies for two-headed turtles and murder ballads have a crystalline purity that belies their obsessive intensity and sometimes grotesque imagery. 'In the Palace of Green Porcelain' has been described as "the sound a butterfly's heart would make, if butterflies had hearts." ... more

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