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The Question.

 When brought on stage the caged animal is fretful and clearly
frightened. It alternates between running for cover (there is none) and
freezing in place. Both attempts at becoming invisible. Both futile.
Both methods I've tried in similar circumstances. Santo is posed
with an impossible question. Which way will the drama unfold? Will he
free it into the audience and let it run its course? Will he kill it on
stage, thus completing the story in another way? Will he leave it
outside the spotlight like an unasked question, then try to divert our
attention to less significant things, to fakes? A swell in the musical
accompaniment, perhaps, or a gesture forward, towards some other as yet
unanticipated action? 

R. S. ARMSTRONG is an artist and writer based in New York City and Ghent, Belgium. The manuscript from which these poems come, Phrasebook for the Unrequited Country, was a semifinalist for both the Walt Whitman Award and the Beatrice Hawley Award in 2009. Other poems from the book have appeared in Salamander, Post Road, the Seneca Review, and AgniOnline, among others.
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Title Annotation:two poems
Author:Armstrong, R.S. (American writer)
Publication:The American Poetry Review
Article Type:Poem
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2012
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