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From Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip. Copyright © 2008 by M. NourbeSe Philip. Used by permission of Wesleyan University Press. All rights reserved.
M. Nourbese Philip
Date Published: 2008-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/ferrum-excerpt