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Aharon Shabtai

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Aharon Shabtai is the author of War & Love, Love & War: New and Selected Poems ( New Directions, 2010).

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The mark of Cain won't sprout
from a soldier who shoots
at the head of a child
on a knoll by the fence
around a refugee camp--
for beneath his helmet,
conceptually speaking,
his head is made of cardboard.
On the other hand,
the officer has read The Rebel