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Kick Me. More or Less
I have a kickstarter project in the works right now. Will return to poetry in 26 days. No, really. We will. http://kck.st/1o6eess

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Number 330: Stephen Dobyns "Tomatoes"
Tomatoes A woman travels to Brazil for plastic surgery and a face lift.  She is sixty and has the usual desire to stay pretty. Once she is healed, she takes her new face out on the streets of Rio. A young man with a gun wants her money. Bang, she's dead. Th...

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Number 329: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow "The Rainy Day""
The Rainy Day The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
 It rains, and the wind is never weary;
 The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
 But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
 And the day is dark and dreary. 

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
 I...

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Number 328: Douglas Gray "Space Aliens Found Performing In Carnival Freak Shows"
Space Aliens Found Performing In Carnival Freak Shows In 1920, my great-aunt Jane hopped a midnight freight and ran away from home to sing on a New York stage. She was only sixteen. The family took her photograph off the grand piano and never again spoke he...

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Number 327: James Fenton "God, A Poem"
God, A Poem A nasty surprise in a sandwich, 
A drawing-pin caught in your sock, The limpest of shakes from a hand which You'd thought would be firm as a rock, 

A serious mistake in a nightie, 
A grave disappointment all round Is all that you'll get from th...

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Number 326: Thomas Lux "Refrigerator, 1957"
Refrigerator, 1957 More like a vault -- you pull the handle out and on the shelves: not a lot, and what there is (a boiled potato in a bag, a chicken carcass under foil) looking dispirited, drained, mugged. This is not a place to go in hope or hunger. But, ...

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Number 325: Jim Hall "Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too"
 Maybe Dats Your Pwoblem Too All my pwoblems who knows, maybe evwybody's pwoblems is due to da fact, due to da awful twuth dat I am SPIDERMAN. I know. I know. All da dumb jokes: No flies on you, ha ha. and da ones about what do I do wit all doze extwa legs ...

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Number 324: Jackie Wills "Japonica"
Japonica Our house shuddered with bass lines as my brother burst into his teens like a skinhead emerging from a chrysalis. Downstairs, watching tv, we'd feel the room vibrate– dialogue drowned out as his filled with sound, thick as the smoke from my father'...

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Number 323: Kay Ryan "Bad Day"
Bad Day Not every day is a good day for the elfin tailor. Some days the stolen cloth reveals what it was made for: a handsome weskit or the jerkin of an elfin sailor. Other days the tailor sees a jacket in his mind and sets about to find the fabric. But som...

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Number 323: Kay Ryan "Bad Day"
Bad Day Not every day is a good day for the elfin tailor. Some days the stolen cloth reveals what it was made for: a handsome weskit or the jerkin of an elfin sailor. Other days the tailor sees a jacket in his mind and sets about to find the fabric. But som...
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