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Grace Bauer

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Grace Bauer is the author of several poetry collections, including, most recently, MEAN/TIME (University of New Mexico Press, 2017). She is the recipient of grants from the Nebraska Arts Council and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, among other honors. She is a professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Of course, she was not chosen to deliver
any of the official hail-and-farewells. Would, in fact,
have skipped the whole pomp and circumstance crap
if the principal had not threatened to hold her diploma hostage,
if her parents had not pleaded with her to celebrate
the milestone for their