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February 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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INSERT SHOT: Einstein’s notebook 1905—DAY 1: a theory that is based on two postulates (a) that the speed of light in all inertial frames is constant, independent of the source or observer. As in, the speed of light emitted from the truth is the same as that of a lie coming from the lamp of a face aglow with trust,

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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
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