ISSUE  1   2   3   4   SUBMIT

SENTENCING


Jen Benka

 
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives

of the United States of America in Congress assembled—

whereas the next line could be glass, and the hand, a bird

whereas this is the firing line. the front line. the fault line.

whereas this is the assembly line. the picket line. the bread line.
 
 
 
 
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
 
This act may be cited as “Construction is Reaction”

or “Told, Collected, Sold”

or “An Imprisonment of Unacceptable Terms”

or “Night Comes to All of Us”

or “The Dark Corn Field”

or “On the Tractor I Trace Her”

or “In the Middle of These Acres, This Ache”
 
 
 
 
SEC. 2. POWERS RESERVED TO THE STATES.
 
(a.) IN GENERAL.
 
woods fragrant with maple and mint

mountain pass thick grass

swampy marshes and lakes

she likes to think the hills are filled with children

she blows a kiss across the mist

silos and highways

all the lies made for us to live in

describe the pain and the pain will lessen

somewhere between geometry and poverty

the promise of the north
 
 
 
 
Section 1738C.
 
she wants her to unbuckle her bible belt

taste her sweet mason sweet dixon
 
 
(b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.
 
The table of sections is amended

by inserting the following new item:

“1738C. she wants her to unbuckle her bible belt

taste her sweet mason sweet dixon”
 

whereas they confess another violent day

whereas I count down and expect to be killed

whereas a necessary consequence of judgment is negation

whereas I want to kiss you
 
 
 
 
SECTION 3. DEFINITION
 
(a) IN GENERAL.
 
the line of your body in recline

something to fill in

something to blur

Section 7.
 
the word “marriage” means “marriage”

the word “spouse” refers only to a “spouse”

the word “family” refers to “meat and television”

the word “loneliness” means “empty drug”

the word “concealment” refers only to “something humiliating”

the word “love” refers to “something like a crater”

the word “conviction” means “convicted”
 
 
 
 
(b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.
 
The table of sections is amended

by inserting the following new item:

“Section 7. Definition of “conviction” and “convicted”

 
this is the power line. the property line. the pipeline.

this is the dotted line. the timeline. the life line.
 

I am a seer of absence

and this is how it ends.