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Fedora [by Lauren MacArthur]

Don Draper
They are really quite impractical – yet 
Don Draper, Humphrey Bogart and my Grandpa
Insisted on their costly cover
As did Al Capone

Upon don, 
They trench Mason-Dixons at-brow
Northern cranial stealth demarking 
Southern mandible sprawl

Owning 4.5 inches of latitude
2.5 inches in longitude – at least
Inherently obviates indoor deposition, then
Librarianesque requisition

Don Draper:
“I salute my ad beneath the crown, 
 released precisely upon the punctuation of my own pinch”

“The gutter-dent annoys the lens
prodding a harder hunt for my pupils”

Al Capone:
“As the snap-brim mandates your gaze
 the ribbon’s tidy bow smiles you to like me”

“I am a lad under the mohair
coarsely stranded."

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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