Andrew Chen


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Afterword

For those things we can't have,
Abstract concepts of love and death,
We always have poems about loving and dying,
spirit, nature, and all the other stuff.
I wonder how much a writer really knows—
Beating bibles like reference books,
Staring out windows for inspiration,
Staring still longer at computer screens,
We write to outlive ourselves.

Some mornings I find I haven't slept
And with coffee-stewed words
I scorn the page and mock each line and letter
Then! Off to bed, as mediocrity brings
the scornful, unending defeat.
Resigned, we lie down...

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