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February 2, 2008AWP Conference, Hilton Hotel, New York City From the Academy Audio Archive

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A. Van Jordan is the author of The Cineaste: Poems (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013).

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A. Van Jordan

 

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A. Van Jordan

A. Van Jordan is the author of The Cineaste: Poems (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013).

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from (→) prep. 1. Starting at (a particular place or time): As in, John was from Chicago, but he played guitar straight from the Delta; he wore a blue suit from Robert Hall's; his hair smelled like coconut; his breath, like mint and bourbon; his hands felt like they were

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Because a razor cuts across a frame of film, 
I wince, squinting my eye, 
and because my day needs assembly 
to make sense of the scenes anyway, 
making a story from some pieces of truth, I go 
outside to gather those pieces.
Thousands of moments spooling out 
frames of mistakes in my day. 
As if anyone's to