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This poem is taken from PN Review 84, Volume 18 Number 4, March - April 1992.

Twelve Poems Gregory Woods

1

Weeks before the beard,
with the body bared
on the cherub's bed

still a perfect bud,
so proud of his bowed
genitals that bode

sweetly for a bride
or the boy ill-bred
enough to beat her bid,

how could he be bored
with the time he must bide
before turning bad?


2

Nothing justifies
the sentimental
madness of my teens:
...


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