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“The undeniable desire for physical contact among boys of a certain age”

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Poet Keetje Kuipers has received fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. She is also the recipient of the 2007 Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency which will provide her with a year of solitude in Oregon’s Rogue River Valley. She will use her time there to complete work on her manuscript, Beautiful in the Mouth, which contains poems currently published or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, West Branch, Parthenon West Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly, among others. This poem previously appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of Faultline.

Artist Ira Joel Haber is a sculptor, painter, book dealer and teacher who sometimes writes poetry and movie reviews. His work is in the collections of New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

  • Image: “Self Portrait;” 1968-2006; drawing; 10½” x 13½”

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