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Beecher’s Bible

  1. Build your speech
  2. piece by piece.
  3. Be precise—
  4. Be deliberate—
  5. Fortify
  6. the mortices,
  7. constrict
  8. your force-of-habit.
  9. Thy face,
  10. a stone tablet.
  11. Thy tongue,
  12. a steepled obelisk.
  13. Thy lungs
  14. lift
  15. in a ribbed basilica
  16. and fill
  17. w/ phrases
  18. of space.
  19. Thees and Thous
  20. will leaven the House,
  21. hackle the leaves
  22. of the trees.
  23. His silence
  24. is a gift
  25. from Heaven.
  26. Raise     your     voice
  27. to receive.
About the Author

Matthew Klane is co-editor and founder of Flim Forum Press. His new book is B_____ Meditations (Stockport Flats, 2008) and his chapbooks include Sorrow Songs, Friend Delighting the Eloquent, and The Associated Press. Also see: The Meister-Reich Experiments, a sprawling hypertext, online at www.housepress.org. Other work can be found at Open Letters Monthly, Otoliths, and word for/word. He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY.