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Carol Mirakove

Carol Mirakove received a BA from Lafayette College and an MFA from George Mason University. She is the author of Meditated (Factory School, 2006) and Occupied (Kelsey Street Press, 2004), winner of the Frances Jaffer First Book Award. She lives in New York City.

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F15

flash card. fever down.

"arépa!" as an expletive--translation=pancake. flip flop
happy feet: corn is what we've got & worth it. 

scholars, watchdogs, tactics, public. thanks to you,
CHARLES LEWIS. how long before my membership to anti-
slavery international tags me as an accessory to a terrorist
organization? naming corporations who use bonded labor
to suck oil is, as they say, unpatriotic. read between the
pipelines.

if you're free & in. if you're running late. if you're burning
a mix. if you're better & better. love. love. wondering.
warmth.

the gift of an eye for horror. have tape, will capture.
sweetest v-day of the freedom freaks. we shall overthrow.
frozen toes or no.

4 million in the streets & all mobile, save NYC. saying no
to war were college students, middle-aged couples,
families, veterans of the 60s civil rights movement,
Average White Guys for Peace, laborers,
environmentalists, Christians, businessfolk, and elderly
ladies wearing pink kerchiefs who, after 80 years of
globalization, just--can't--take it anymore!

rage & helplessness abound in the barricades, controlled,
inward, still denied assembly, right to sidewalks kicked to
the curb. beating the penned-in kneeling puppets,
chickens watch. standoff in SoHo rings DROP BUSH, NOT
BOMBS!

their F-15 = detect / acquire / track / attack. the single-
seat, low-drag, superior-weapon, Eagle air.

mythological in stature: war reasons & their means.

actual in cost: $2,000 per family, here; entire families,
there.