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January 10, 2012

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That's quite a poem, "Appetite for Destruction." Great opening couplet, and the rhymes and off-rhymes accentuate the jolting juxtapositions. I love "machine-gun rhyme scheme" (RPB) and agree with MR that quoting a man's dissertation is a low blow and that all bad art springs from genuine feeling as does some good art. Did this poem appear in a literary magazine, and if so, which, and when? Thanks for the stimulating post. -- DL

Hi David, Michael can confirm, but I'm pretty sure this is the world premiere of "Appetite." — RPB

Thanks for the kind words, David, & Bobby's right, this is the first time "Appetite" has been published.

The poem knocks me out. I can't wait to read more of MR's work.

Stacey, you make me to blushing!

He sucks

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