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This poem is taken from PN Review 227, Volume 42 Number 3, January - February 2016.

‘Outside Echoes’ and other poems Zohar Atkins
Outside Echoes

The best way to satisfy your baby
            is surely
            not by junking it.

Start again with smoke
            on the face
            of distinction.

Start with the neutral-
            ized myth of
            necessary ancestors.

I knew it was a lie
            to use signs
            you would take

As colonial, but nu?
            We were playing
            it out, each

Turn a negation
            split to accord
            what no time can

Afford. Let the page
            dictate you
...


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