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Jack's Workshop, By KATHY HAND

December 29, 1991

everywhere I go trees drop

purple petals on the ground

jacarandas Paul says

Paul who reminds me of me

who writes poetry

that breathes deeply but

stops before it takes

off running a marathon

smog gets you every

time if you let

it Paul don't

let it

From "Truth and Lies That Press for Life: Sixty Los Angeles Poets," edited by Connie Hershey (Artifact Press, Ltd.: 900 Tanglewood Drive, Concord, MA 01742: $12.95). Hand is majoring in creative writing at Cal State Long Beach. Her poems have appeared in "Pearl," "California Quarterly" and "Tsunami." 1991 by Artifact Press, Ltd. "Truth and Lies That Press for Life" is reviewed on Page 3.

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