SECTION NINE
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COLUMN FIFTY-THREE, NOVEMBER 1, 2000
(Copyright 2000 Al Aronowitz)


(Photo 1995, Sunday Star, Auckland )

AMERICA

[From Selected Poems by Robert Creeley. Copyright 1991 by The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Used with permission of the author. Originally published in Pieces (1969).  Copyright 1997-2000 by The Academy of American Poets]

America, you ode for reality!
Give back the people you took.

Let the sun shine again
on the four corners of the world

you thought of first but do not
own, or keep like a convenience.

People are your own word, you
invented that locus and term.

Here, you said and say, is
where we are. Give back

what we are, these people you made,
us, and nowhere but you to be.  ##

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