Ars Poetica by Paula Yup

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For Benjamin Perez

I don’t know any more


have I wasted forty or fifty years


a young child


writing “Colors” in class


that lost poem


when I knew


or high school I wrote every day


or on Tokyo trains


I’d write in small books


other lost poems


or in the Marshall Islands


writing for workshops


the few of us who cared about poetry

or reading in front of kids


Nowadays it’s a matter of


catch it if I can


or on the road


or today at Atticus


drinking decaf


 

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