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This poem is taken from PN Review 59, Volume 14 Number 3, January - February 1988.

For James Wright Stanley Moss
 
Hell's asleep now.
On the sign above your bed
nothing by mouth,
I read abandon hope.

You sleep with your fist clenched,
your tongue and throat swollen by cancer,
make the sound of a deaf child
trying to speak, the smell
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