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21st Century Ars Poetica.

 If you touch this poem, it will turn to fire. If you touch the
fire, it will burn your finger. If you burn your finger, you'll cry
to your mama. If you cry to your mama, your mama will die. If your mama
dies, you'll be an orphan. If you're an orphan, God will give
you a cupcake. If God gives you a cupcake, you should probably eat it.
If you eat the cupcake, you'll want another. If you eat another,
you might get fat. If you get fat, you can go on a diet. If you diet too
much, you'll become anorexic. If you become anorexic, you'll
get depressed. If you get depressed, you can't fight oppression. If
you can't fight oppression, your poems have no meaning. If your
poems have no meaning, they can't burn your finger. If they
can't burn your finger, there is no fire. If there is no fire, it
isn't a poem. 

SANDRA SIMONDS is the author of The Class Box (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009).

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Title Annotation:four poems
Author:Simonds, Sandra
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Article Type:Poem
Date:Sep 1, 2014
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