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April 14, 2010

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A good post Jenny---and some very important questions to consider...

Thanks, Amy. I'd hoped my post didn't take a serious issue--that witnesses to terrible human suffering die and there's no further record or no further record as adequate as knowing them as human beings--and bind it to a much less serious one "what makes a witness or identity poem effective enough".

I think I was really just typepadding because I felt sad that day. Poet friends getting older.....and head filled with the Adorno quote.

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