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    The Red Book
    By Reid Baer

    I’m unable to keep pace with my own terms or
    thoughts flying ahead instead of staying behind

    this perturbed brain easily enough I lose sight
    of such fleeting symbols that could spell out – yes - by

    this hand! I’d rather be ripping off another
    man’s well expressed work than go insane over words

    too difficult to pursue so I steal them like
    a pilfered coin from a purse what with the gold there

    is ain’t his anyway. I’ll lie consciously in
    an awkward moment declaring myself as is

    to impress a fellow traveler by moving these
    letters around restlessly running here and there -

    ‘tis only my ill gotten gains against my will -
    I pull everything down and hastily rebuild.

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