A bitter pilldoesn’t needto be swallowedto work. Justreading your nameon the bottledoes the trick.As though therewere some anti–placebo effect.As though theself were eagerto be wrecked.—Kay Ryan, “Bitter Pill”Art Credit Robin Cracknell

A bitter pill
doesn’t need
to be swallowed
to work. Just
reading your name
on the bottle
does the trick.
As though there
were some anti–
placebo effect.
As though the
self were eager
to be wrecked.

Kay Ryan, “Bitter Pill”
Art Credit Robin Cracknell

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