at the thrift store
adult xxl red onesie
cost $9.99.

a faded black john cena
t-shirt fetches

a beige chair with only
a minor coffee stain
runs $49.99.

coffee mugs commemorating the
westlake homeowner’s association
1994 christmas ball
are $1.99.

size 18 nike air force ones–
scuffed and worn to hell–
are marked

clock radios with alarms
long forgotten sit on the shelf
for $4.99 and up.

but in
the back corner
are the

carl sagan’s

‘in cold blood’
by truman capote:

‘the complete
robert frost’:

john dos passos’
‘manhattan transfer’:

saddest of all,
‘the heart
is a lonely hunter’
waits to be bought
for only

some say
it’s impossible to
the market.
supply and demand
equal price.
everything is marked
what it’s worth.

but i’ll take it.


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