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John Darnielle

THE IMPENETRABLE CRYSTAL TOWER OF MY AMBITION

 

nice weather outside

but I spent the day

flipping through

my Mercyful Fate record collection

 

I have about half the catalogue,

and hope to someday have

the other half

plus all the bootlegs

 

 

 

GAME OF DEATH II

 

 

Seattle, office building, rain -

someone looks at footage

from an abandoned film

 

stitching together

what will do & will have to:

this is the last of it

 

light wasted on shadowless plains,

the evident need to reconstruct

last hours; words also

 

heard through a metal grating

in the box

office window

 

 

 

UNTITLED LIVE ALBUM

 

 

as in the absence of anyone at hand

to frame the whole matter it rests with the volunteers,

let me then take this moment

 

to pay tribute

to the first twelve-year-old in Finland

to actively worship the devil

 

sir

I who gazing up

at the swaying canvasses of dreams

 

observed, overhead, your prayer

 

salute you



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