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November 20, 2014

I'm obsessed with manhood as a brutal and artful performance. My mind always finds its way back to the crossroad where sex, race, and power collide.

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November 19, 2014

my snake would scare away cops / if they came bothering Mama and me / when we are dancing to our records / high off something Ricky gave us

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November 18, 2014

“You therefore ought to put some thought into what happiness means to you,” the German said turning towards me, ”Deer in the woods? Or deer on the plate?” I dropped my knife and fork.

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November 14, 2014

They quickly hunted down the man and woman, / the father with his son, the mother with her daughter. / Then they ran home to tuck themselves into bed / to continue to plan for a still brighter future.

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November 13, 2014

The dead / and the injured appear in the papers, they / bleed black, no one in the weather cares, / (the weather is the world)

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November 13, 2014

There's hardly anything in the world that fails to interest Per Aage Brandt, and nothing that he fails to make more interesting once he's written about it.

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November 12, 2014

dressed white on white in the crisis of surveillance, / who can stop this, / the whole white colony is moulting shares, / drones cloud the sky overhead / dead-on to bomb the infestations / crossing the lawns without suit cases

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November 11, 2014

War may be the ultimate subject. Its truth is elusive. They say only the dead know war.

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November 6, 2014

“People are hungry to have and disseminate information after 50 years of dictatorship,” explained Ma Thida, President of PEN Myanmar. “They are longing for freedom.”

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November 6, 2014

Just as the diminutives helped emphasize the victims’ drama with manipulative tenderness, it also seemed to reduce the crime to a lesser category. But the capital letters pushed to the forefront in the flyer that the parents wrote; indignation was spelled out, just like in the title: THE RAPE OF INNOCENCE, all caps.

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