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We speak of rebellion when the kid
seem like reactors, turncoats
as one discreet corner
Not a turncoat then, but the expression
also likes life as a racket
For reasons we do not fully assemble,
You are not teaching the former
Their frenzied distaste in certain directions
to decipher the code
Reprinted with permission from Copper Canyon Press.
Jennifer Michael Hecht is a poet, historian, philosopher and author. She has written several books of nonfiction including "Doubt: A History" and "The Happiness Myth." Her latest collection of poetry is titled "Who Said." She teaches at The New School and Columbia University in New York.
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