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Ferris, Jim / Facts of life
(2005)

Poems with disabilities,   p. 14


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Poems with Disabilities 
I'm sorry-this space is reserved 
for poems with disabilities. I know 
it's one of the best spaces in the book, 
but the Poems with Disabilities Act 
requires us to make all reasonable 
accommodations for poems that aren't 
normal. There is a nice space just 
a few pages over-in fact (don't 
tell anyone) I think it's better 
than this one, I myself prefer it. 
Actually I don't see any of those 
poems right now myself, but you never know 
when one might show up, so we have to keep 
this space open. You can't always tell 
just from looking at them, either. Sometimes 
they'll look just like a regular poem 
when they roll in-you're reading along 
and suddenly everything 
changes, the world tilts 
a little, angle of vision 
jumps, focus 
shifts. You remember 
your aunt died of cancer at just your age 
and maybe yesterday's twinge means 
something after all. Your sloppy, 
fragile heart beats 
a little faster 
and then you know. 
You just know. 
And the poem 
is right 
where it 
belongs. 
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