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Of Being Numerous, 33

Which is ours, which is ourselves,
This is our jubilation

Exalted and as old as that truthfulness
Which illumines speech.


From New Collected Poems. Copyright © 2002 by Linda Oppen. Used with permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.


George Oppen

Born in 1908, George Oppen was known for both his poetry and his political activism, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1969

Date Published: 2002-01-01

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