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This product is intended for daily use

to write, draw, scribble, scrawl

and put ideas down on paper. It does

not protect against laziness, sloppiness,

and other socially transmitted diseases.

 

Benefits of daily use may include but

are not limited to improved creativity,

more original originality, a firmer grasp

of daily scheduling, increased productivity,

and mastery of fine motor skills.

 

Use of this product does not guarantee

these results and the manufacturer in no

way implies that these benefits are typical.

 

WARNING:

Certain heavy users have exhibited serious

side-effects including irritability, anger,

anxiousness, fatigue, depression, headache,

bloating, muscle aches, balding, nausea,

changes in sexual and gastrointestinal appetites,

carpal tunnel syndrome, thoughts of suicide,

ink stained fingers, cap chewing, blue

tongue, pocket spots and increased

cerebrovascular flow. These symptoms are

typical of engaging intensely in the pursuit

of knowledge and the improvement of one’s

mental faculties and should not be taken

as a sign of misusing the product. If all

symptoms appear simultaneously, stop

using the product immediately and wait

until one or more symptoms disappear

before continuing regular use.

 

You should not use this product if you

suspect that you are intolerant, lack

a sense of humor, have no imagination

or exhibit symptoms of other psycho/ social dysfunctions.

 

Please consult a teacher for more information; literally.

 

Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2009. All rights reserved.

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 To who it might concern:

 

Please accuse J___

for missing school last

week. My ex-boyfriend

has been threatning

and stalking me and

J___ was shopping,

for protection, with his

cousin in New Jersey.

Thank you for calling

to check up on him.

 

Signed,

J______ R_____

(J___’s mother)

 

Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2009. All rights reserved.

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Talking about numbers

and feelings as villains

and the hatred that

we have for the way

our responsibilities

have coiled around our

ankles and wrists; cut into

our necks and stopped

our breaths from shouting

for help. But it sounds

like anger directed

at each other and we

are left more alone than

ever. I speak another

language at this moment.

You are from a distant

world; a different

place where there are

words for all the things

you mean to say, but

cannot be translated

for me. I know how

we became such aliens.

You were always

different than the others,

and I was not the same.

We were infected as

children with dreams

and fell in love with

stories where we

would be the heroes.

But now there are

no escapes; we cannot

convene in some secret

cave deep beneath

our mansion. The only

power that you have

is knowing all my

weaknesses. The

only plan I can think

of is holding on to you

and being quiet until

the bad guys leave

the room.

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jelly fish

Photograph of unidentified person and jellyfish at New England Aquarium, summer 2009.

Copyright © henry toromoreno, 2009. All rights reserved.

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