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like steinbeck and
hemingway and
like o’neill and
london and
like you too

i am a lush

and like them
i forfeit sleep for
my mistress the pen

like theirs
my liver wishes
i was someone else
with no taste for
the grape

so why doesn’t anybody
who i am?

perhaps because
like them i am lazy

perhaps because like yours
my pen is mostly
full of

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