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Cemetery View "You might have spared yourself this trouble," said Dupin. "D***, I presume, is not altogether a fool, and, if not, must have anticipated these waylayings, as a matter of course."
"Not altogether a fool, said G***, "but then he's a poet, which I take to be only one remove from a fool."
"True," said Dupin, after a long and thoughtful whiff from his meerschaum, "although I have been guilty of certain doggerel myself."

(Edgar Allan Poe, "The Purloined Letter")

For Ruth

The District Education Improvement Committee Meeting

Best Wishes, Rita Dove


Vassar Pembroke

When a Man Named Bakker

I Riff Under the Name Pokehole



Sunrise 103 Rose Too Late

Madame Declines

The Little Comet That Could

The Smallest Black Hole

This Makes No Frankin Sense

The Drunken Forest


A Truly Jumbo Shrimp

They Spy With Their Little Eye

The Alien Parade

What Are The Odds?

Tough Rocks

Fungi On The Rind

Dinosaur Feathers!

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