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article for

referring one

to general but

often unambiguous

referents further away

belonging only in space

existing of many whose likeness

can not be separated: a lonely wail

through my speakers, not the lonely wail

there is no ownership—to be a the instead of a a

fixed with present and possible future, definite past

unfurling among stories of conviction and pressed upon

books that make ideas and give way to singular instances

relief in other words for the anxiety of catching the right bus

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