Poems

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11.
At the Beach

Looking at the photograph is somehow not
unbearable: My friends, two dead, one low
on T-cells, his white T-shirt an X-ray
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12.
Boston Year

My first week in Cambridge a car full of white boys
tried to run me off the road, and spit through the window,
open to ask directions. I was always asking directions
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13.
Crash

I am the last woman off of the plane
that has crashed in a cornfield near Philly,
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14.
The Dirt-Eaters

tra
dition
wanes
I read
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15.
Early Cinema

According to Mister Hedges, the custodian
who called upon their parents
after young Otwiner and young Julia
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16.
Equinox

Now is the time of year when bees are wild
and eccentric. They fly fast and in cramped
loop-de-loops, dive-bomb clusters of conversants
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17.
"The female seer will burn upon this pyre"

Sylvia Plath is setting my hair
on rollers made from orange-juice cans.
The hairdo is shaped like a pyre.
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18.
Minnesota Fats Describes His Youth

I've been eating
like a sultan
since I was two days old.
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19.
Narrative: Ali

My head so big
they had to pry
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20.
Preliminary Sketches: Philadelphia

Fish-man comes with trout and fresh crabs:
"Live! They live crabs! They live crabs!"
Bars called "Watutsi." "Pony-Tail."
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