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Ben Nardolilli

Ben Nardolilli

Ben Nardolilli currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. His occupation at the moment seems to be a temporary permanent substitute. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, Danse Macabre, The 22 Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, THEMA, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. He has a chapbook, Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, from Folded Word Press. He blogs at and is looking to publish his first novel.



Out of the Tube

A teeth-whitening paste has gotten loose
and is brightening up the day
even though the sky does not want it.
We used to have the sun
and that was all we needed to see clearly.

The companies and associations know better;
all around, the shadows
are being scrubbed and the darkness
is being brushed away until gone.
A minty smell banishes everything earthy.

I am not immune from the clean-up either.
I try to tan and turn myself red,
cover my skin in mud and weave sticks
into my hair to get back to nature,
yet the paste still comes and I am stung clean.

"The Brain, within its Groove Runs evenly -- and true -- But let a Splinter swerve --" Emily Dickinson

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