the personal is the political is the poetical

Vol. 1 No. 34: Aditya Bahl, Michael Goglia, Michael Henry Lee, Armando H. Corbelle, Alicia Hilton

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“Obama: India making FDI too restrictive” (read more)

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FDI restrictions…
the demoiselle cranes arrive
for another season

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Poem by Aditya Bahl. Read more by this poet.

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“Conference to Discuss if Geo-Engineers are Playing God with Our Weather” (read more)

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chemtrails…
two black jets
make love

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Poem by Michael Goglia. Read more by this poet. This poem was also recently published in Four Virtual Haiku Poets, featuring Michael Goglia, Scott Terrill, Brendan Slater and Colin Stewart Jones (published by Yet To Be Named Free Press). We highly recommend checking it out!

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“Actor Andy Griffith dead at 86″ (read more)

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huckleberry season—
must all good things
end this way

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Poem  by Michael Henry Lee. Read more by this poet.

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“Zambian miners kill Chinese supervisor over pay” (read more)

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spectral images
coal miners emerging
from hell

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Poem by Armando H. Corbelle. Read more by this poet.

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“Monsoon picks up pace in North India” (read more)

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monsoon
she wraps her jacket
around a loaf of bread

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Poem by Alicia Hilton. Read more by this poet. First published in the Taj Mahal Review (Vol. 11, No. 1, 2012).

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Vol. 1 No. 33: Steve Cottingham, Angie Werren, Sonam Chhoki, Chen-ou Liu, Aditya Bahl

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“Syrian regime hits back in Damascus as ill-equipped rebels struggle” (read more)

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endless war
these dragonflies
and birds

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Poem by Steven Cottingham. Read more by this poet.

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“More Victorian companies go bust” (read more)

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abandoned lot
somewhere there are birds
like these

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Poem by Angie Werren. Read more by this poet.

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“Syria massacre: On the ground in Qubair” (read more)

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flies crawl and mate
on our television screen
in Qubair
a close-up of some one’s brain
splattered on the wall

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Poem by Sonam Chhoki. Read more by this poet.

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“Japan to restart second reactor amid faultline concerns” (read more)

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a trace of blood
on the “nukes are safe” banner
shifting shadows

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Poem by Chen-ou Liu. Read more by this poet.

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“India power cut hits millions, among world’s worst outages” (read more)

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power failure…
the stars shine
brighter

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Poem by Aditya Bahl. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 32: Stella Pierides, Jane Williams, Arvinder Kaur, Hansha Teki, Brett Peruzzi

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“Angry youths, gold diggers and ant tribes enter the Chinese dictionary” (read more)

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ant lines
resolving to get
a compass

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Poem by Stella Pierides. Read more by this poet.

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“Bulgaria releases computer-generated image of bus bomber” (read more)

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suicide bomber
the computer generates
a human face

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Poem by Jane Williams. Read more by this poet.

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“Assam burns as ethnic violence spreads” (read more)

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relief camp—
my dream house smoulders
in the next street

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Poem by Arvinder Kaur. Read more by this poet.

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“Probe of shooting suspect James Holmes intensifies” (read more)

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shooting spree—
blame-seekers cock fingers
at each other

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Poem by Hansha Teki. Read more by this poet.

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“America’s Dying Cities” (read more)

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ordering a latte
in a dying city
“we don’t make those anymore”

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Poem by Brett Peruzzi. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 31: Carla Shepard Sims, Michael Goglia, Chen-ou Liu, Minal Sarosh, Dick Whyte

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“Decatur Police ask for information in missing teen case” (read more)

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news of a missing child
fish bubbles
ripple to the lake’s surface

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Poem by Carla Shepard Sims. Read more by this poet.

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“Less educated people have lower life expectancy” (read more)

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we are here
only for a short time:
wisteria

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Poem by Michael Goglia. Read more by this poet.

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“‘Liz & Dick’: Lindsay Lohan is One Classy Liz Taylor” (read more)

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murmuring
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
spring snowfall

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Poem by Chen-ou Liu. Read more by this poet.

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“Unmindful of draught situation, Bangalore allows water down the drain” (read more)

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cracked riverbed…
this dry eyed river
has wept enough

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Poem by Minal Sarosh. Read more by this poet.

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“Olympic Workers Living in ‘Prison-Like Slums’” (read more)

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medal count…
the cleaners come last
in every event

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Poem by Dick Whyte. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 30: Stella Pierdes, Ernesto P. Santiago, Vijeta Pai, S.M. Abeles, Pravat Kumar Padhy

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“Mexicans Pay in Blood for America’s War on Drugs” (read more)

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tasting metal
the cup fills with news
of war

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Poem by Stella Pierides. Read more by this poet.

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“Heatwaves ‘proof of global warming’” (read more)

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global warming
my Armani wallet
starts to crack

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Poem by Ernesto P. Santiago. Read more by this poet.

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“Monsoon rains to hit Kerala in two days” (read more)

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memories of the last monsoon
washed away
again, it rains

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Poem by Vijeta Pai. Read more by this poet.

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“Fast Food Linked to Depression” (read more)

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burger joint
her loneliness
drenched in salt

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Poem by S.M. Abeles. Read more by this poet.

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“See India’s ‘Supermoon’ at 9pm tonight” (read more)

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super moon—
the girls busy playing
basketball

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Poem by Pravat Kumar Padhy. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 29: Mark Holloway, Alicia Hilton, Rita Odeh, Kath Abela Wilson, Nu Quang

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“Drought Drying Up Nebraska Rivers” (read more)

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nightfall
takes the river
leaves the river’s sound

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Poem by Mark Holloway. Read more by this poet.

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“Strathearn thanked for National Spring Clean efforts” (read more)

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the robin’s call
time to clean
the garage

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Poem by Alicia Hilton. Read more by this poet. First published in the World Haiku Review (April 2012).

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“Police ‘disrupt’ peace talks” (read more)

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crows occupy
the abandoned house…
peace talk

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Poem by Rita Odeh. Read more by this poet.

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“Family forced to live with pair of doves” (read more)

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wrong way
baby dove
this is our bed

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Poem by Kath Abela Wilson. Read more by this poet.

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“Record Store Day: Swan song of a retail industry?” (read more)

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winter fog
shrouds the old path . . .
cry of a newborn

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Poem by Nu Quang. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 28: Aditya Bahl, Manu Kant, Paul David Mena, Steven Cottingham, Dick Whyte

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“Element of doubt enough to save John Terry as Chelsea captain is cleared of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand” (read more)

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discussing racism…
I order
a black tea

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Poem by Aditya Bahl. Read more by this poet.

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“Beggars beg as last resort: Activists” (read more)

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beggar at the mall
his hands
open close open close

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Poem by Manu Kant. Read more by this poet.

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“Americans react to historic health care decision” (read more)

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dirty snow
news of a friend
in the ICU

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Poem by Paul David Mena. Read more by this poet.

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“Ordeal of Pinoy on death row in Saudi for 12 years may finally end” (read more)

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autumn leaves…
everyone on death row
a number

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Poem by Steven Cottingham. Read more by this poet.

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“Dolphins appear to do nonlinear mathematics” (read more)

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moonless sky…
the dolphin counting
stars

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Poem by Dick Whyte. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 27: Angie Werren, Robert D. Wilson, Stella Pierides, Ernesto P. Santiago, Laurence Stacey

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“Rupee shortages and food prices” (read more)

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price check
my crow’s feet
deepen

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Poem by Angie Werren. Read more by this poet.

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“Troops need more help with PTSD, panel says” (read more)

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red moon . . .
sharing my walk
with a dragon

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Poem by Robert D. Wilson. Read more by this poet.

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“What summer…? Storms batter Britain and will last for at least another week” (read more)

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global warming…
the river claims
its dues

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Poem by Stella Pierides. Read more by this poet.

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“Spain’s San Fermin Festival” (read more)

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of men and bulls
the impatience
of death

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Poem by Ernesto P. Santiago. Read more by this poet.

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“Marriages up, divorces too” (read more)

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our marriage
or what’s left of it…
fireflies

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Poem by Laurence Stacey. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 26: Chen-ou Liu, Dick Whyte, Pravat Kumar Padhy, Michael Henry Lee, Tristan Steiner

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“Researchers May Have Found Elusive Higgs Boson” (read more)

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Higgs Boson?
my dog-eared God of the Gaps
on the tea-stained desk

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Poem by Chen-ou Liu. Read more by this poet.

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“Does the Higgs Boson Discovery Resolve the Religion-Science Debate?” (see more)

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God Particle
the priest reconsiders
mass

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Poem by Dick Whyte. Read more by this poet.

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“Shocked Balki remembers late child actor Taruni” (read more)

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spark of light
the shooting star
falls apart

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Poem by Pravat Kumar Padhy. Read more by this poet.

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“Time magazine breast-feeding cover provokes strong reaction” (read more)

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blossom haze—
even the plum tree knows
when to let go

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Poem  by Michael Henry Lee. Read more by this poet.

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“Red Wings sweep away Coyotes” (read more)

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the distance
of a line break
over ice

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Poem by Tristan Steiner. Read more by this poet.

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Vol. 1 No. 25: Rita Odeh, Donall Dempsey, Nu Quang, Angie Werren

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“Expecting cease-fire to fail, Syrian rebels train for urban civil war” (read more)

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expected war—
shutting my eyes, I see
the sparrow’s song

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Poem by Rita Odeh. Read more by this poet.

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“Farmers benefit from soaring prices of rapeseed oil” (read more)

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rape
painting the mountain
yellow

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Poem by Donall Dempsey. Read more by this poet.

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“Gingrich ends campaign; no outright endorsement for Romney” (read more)

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ebb tide
praying for a full moon…
the next cycle

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Poem by Nu Quang. Read more by this poet.

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“One in ten Britons now have pet fish” (read more)

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fish bowl—
all the things
we don’t see

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Poem by Angie Werren. Read more by this poet.

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