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Elizabeth Powell

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Elizabeth Powell

Elizabeth Powell is the author of The Republic of Self (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2001), which was awarded the 2001 New Issues Poetry Prize. She teaches at the University of Vermont and lives in Burlington, Vermont.

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Republic, your cool hands
On my schoolgirl shoulders.
Not sure what allegiances meant
Until the vows were held by heart,
By memory, by rote, by benign betrothal.
Republic, you were mine, I knew
Because of Mother's religious pamphlets:
Lindsay for Mayor.
McGovern for President.
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