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By Mary Jo Salter
As punishment, my father said, the nuns
Punishment? The pounding symphony
(a snow of vanished alphabets and numbers
was more than remedy, it was reward
and straight (or near enough) in front of starched
baton, the only one who got to talk.
poor sinners, who had made a joyful noise?
chalkboard from whose crumbled negative
gladly forgot themselves. And that he still
this out) it must be half the boys themselves,
Mary Jo Salter is a poet, lyricist, playwright and essayist, whose latest collection of poems, "A Phone Call to the Future: New and Selected Poems," was published in March 2008. Salter's essays and reviews appear in the New York Times Book Review and other publications. She has received numerous awards, including NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. She is a professor in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
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