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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