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February 1, 2008 AWP Conference, New York City From the Academy Audio Archive

Don't Kill Yourself

Paul Hoover

 

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They are crying out in restaurants,
so delighted to be speaking,
they appear to be insane.

But we are the silent types, 
who hold speech within 
like the rustle of gold foil.

We eat our words and swallow hard.
There’s nothing much to say.
The knot’s in its