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Michael Pruchnicki


Dublin & Chicago


a pseudonym is necessary
to establish an identity
based on origins

personality is irrelevant
in the scheme of things
that intrigue poets

perhaps a dramatic dialogue
is in order to elucidate
how things are

like browning and his duchess
call it plagiarism if you like
but that's how it is

in dublin and in chicago, too
wallace stevens and his poem
the emperor of ice cream

are sources for the resourceful
writer who credits his sources
for the inspiration they inspire

Submitted: Wednesday, February 27, 2008

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