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  • Maurisa Li-A-Ping

one day my best friend said, “you know you got real big teeth”



god bless the overbite

cradling my tongue

keeping lovers out

me in


yet we grind grind

and grind and grind

our enamel away

as the full moon attends


know when you go

i still choose you

dinosaur dentures

fleshed by gums


gold without the grill

a plaster and armor

i pull up to the ball

chariot in my mouth


stained cracks

flex our hideaway

here is where

you can find me


you are the most expensive

letters in the alphabet

every chomper a vowel

i want to buy

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