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Forrest Hamer

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Forrest Hamer is the author of Rift (Four Way Books, 2007); Middle Ear (Roundhouse Press, 2000), winner of the Northern California Book Award; and Call and Response (Alice James Books, 1995), winner of the 1995 Beatrice Hawley Award. He lives in Oakland, California.

by this poet

         And I said to him, we are continuous, 
And whatever the self is, it is never 
As we would consider, so I don’t believe the possibility
Of speaking too much of it; and he says to me, 
Continuous, exactly, with what?

What about the body: something is always pulling at it
—gravity, responsibility, the