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She hides in a closet
on shoebox lids
through musty suits

uncle works on a bottle
cigarettes, t.v. set

mom and dad scrape their plates
by the Christmas tree
they don’t see him
the bedroom door, closes in

and there’s a shotgun underneath his couch
“but he finds me…and he loves me to keep…”

“I’m feeling sick. Can we go back
to grandma’s yet?”

out on the porch
the house was loud; she told him so
walked into the yard
to get some air, against a tree

“little bitch,” he called.
“too conceited to stand by me
I’ll do you a favor, put you in your place.”
grounded, hands around her face

“I’m feeling sick. Can we leave
the party yet?”

Empty grows a hungry smile
staring down trapped by the gaze
a body; the object; a body; libido

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from cries & whispers, released July 28, 2015

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the Nabokov Project Appleton, Wisconsin

Formed in the shadows of a Midwestern University in the mid nineties, the Nabokov Project is the ongoing work of singer- songwriter MW Gargo. Previous incarnations have included the membership of Dave Pollock (spoken-word vocals), Ted Leslie (percussion), Thea Morton (cello, guitar, and keys), and MW Gargo (vocals, guitar, bass, violin, computer, and keys). ... more

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