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Folly, Words, Wigs, Rags, Sheepskin, Plunder, Precedent,


I seemed to have crossed a dark lake

Or ring

Or starry circle of some kind


Across which


Actually mean


To be part of the dreadful thing


He began the world

(Now close the reverberating door)



Folly, Plunder, Precedent,

Laura Sims is the winner of the 2005 Fence Books Alberta Prize. Her manuscript, Practice, Restraint, was published by Fence Books in October 2005. Her poems have appeared or will soon appear in the journals, First Intensity, La Petite Zine, How2, 6X6, and 26, among others. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she teaches creative writing and composition.


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