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Of Being Numerous, 24

In this nation
Which is in some sense
Our home. Covenant!

The covenant is 
There shall be peoples.


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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