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Sometimes a full-breasted pink, gold, auburn sunset is crouching right behind the thick summer mist. If the fog splits open, there is no higher, closer view of the ocean from anywhere in your city—the one you've lived in for twenty years, the city you are leaving…

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Enough, Trump

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There is a touch of horror about me. An irritant hair on the tongue of grace. A falling. A stiff and sick laughing removal. A thin white goodbye's similarity of dark things done secretly and for the moment, there is you.

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