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    beans smell flat and round
    and lentils smell broad and dense
    can you hear that
    	ch – ch – ch of the
    pressure cooker?
    can	you	hear	it
    outside the gate?
    	can	you	hear it
    before the door opens?
    		can	you?
    		ch – ch – ch – ch
    one day it will

(Jeni De La O) In 1932 winds carried a woman from Santiago to Jamaica and from Jamaica to Queens. She married and had a daughter, who had a daughter. In 1992 those same winds pushed that daughter's daughter from Miami to Michigan, where she writes poetry and short stories about warm waters and personal catastrophe.

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