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Two​-​Headed Turtle

from by Helen America

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Two-headed turtle
nuclear friendling
soft folds of eyemilk
that portend the ending
clouds of white phosphorous
gather above you
and break into seedlings
so why do I love you

The skin on your brain
coarse and arid as emery
its oils entangled
in fractals of memory
I trace my whole life on
your fractured enamel
your eyelids in dreaming
you wander so far
there is no taste sweeter
we live on a star

The quiet machine
takes its heart to the ocean
I try to remember
the patterns of motion
I spend all my money
on buying you lettuce
we hide in my room where
no noise will upset us

Worn cloudy like seaglass
our angles have softened
we look out the window
not terribly often


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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