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Poetry Sunday: Steven Axelrod

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Steven Axelrod shares his poem.

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Artist Statement:

I've been writing poetry since a four-night amphetamine binge in college. I did a semester's worth of work in less than a week, slept for twenty-eight hours and woke up with six poems in my head. Now I write mystery novels set on Nantucket with a poetry-writing police chief. I let him plagiarize my work. One of my grad school professors is married to a prominent Bay Area poet, and she read my creative thesis. Her response: "It's adorable that the police chief writes bad poetry!" Here's a sample, so you can decide for yourselves. I haven't donated this one to Henry Kennis yet.