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Poem: The Art of Screaming 

If this business of writing
is inaccessible to anybody
(I mean anybody)
they are merely a person who
rarely listens to silence

because what I’m doing
is essentially related
to a parlor trick;
it’s an occupation
where the job, the interview
are one and the same:

It is the art of screaming, it is custom, perfume,
the present, sleeping trophy.
You take a drag on a cigarette, pull
the first whisper of smoke out with the last,
call it a poem, and toss the butt
into the building’s
wreckage.

  • Poetry is edited by Phillip Levine.

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