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 The book dealer collected Borges firsts, so when that blind writer
lectured nearby, he stood on line to have them signed. Stacking each
volume on the rostrum and naming it, the dealer clicked his pen, handing
it to Borges who said even he did not own such rare works, and clicked
the pen again. Too polite to comment, the dealer walked away, every
signature invisible. 

JOHN SKOYLES is the author of four books of poems: A Little Faith, Permanent Change, Definition of the Soul, and The Situation, all from Carnegie Mellon University Press, which will publish his New & Selected Poems in 2016. He is also the author of a book of personal essays, Generous Strangers; a memoir, Secret Frequencies: A New York Education; and the recently published A Moveable Famine: A Life in Poetry. He teaches at Emerson College and is the poetry editor of Ploughshares.

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Title Annotation:thirteen poems: A Special APr Supplement
Author:Skoyles, John
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Article Type:Poem
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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