Forties 30: Troelstrup Nightmare Flare Competition
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From the series "154 Forties," published in 20 Forties by Zasterle Press, 1999. Copyright © 1999 by Jackson Mac Low. Reprinted with permission.
Jackson Mac Low
A poet, composer, and writer of performance pieces, essays, plays, and radio works, Jackson Mac Low was born in Chicago on September 12, 1922.
Date Published: 1999-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/forties-30-troelstrup-nightmare-flare-competition