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Poetry

Waiting with the Dead

Ten thousand people died last night in a Nicaraguan earthquake. That’s more than on the Titanic, but less than in the Civil War. If you lined up 10,000 dead people from head to toe, would the bodies stretch from Maine to Florida, or only from Maine to New Hampshire?

Category #2: Laundry Detergent

Often, streets with storefronts that greet passersby with a gumball machine in the doorway also happen to be streets which boast a variety of 99c stores, all with multicolored signs which say the same thing: 99c.

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The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2004

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