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This poem is taken from PN Review 173, Volume 33 Number 3, January - February 2007.

Some Questions Regarding Poems Michael Augustin

for Pearse Hutchinson and Martin Mooij

'Can poets change the world?'
      Gottfried Benn

Is poetry
a continent
or is it more like an ocean?

Are there more written
or more unwritten poems?

How much does it cost
to produce
a poem?

Which poem
says more about its author:
his first one or his last one?

How many poems per month
does an average

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