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TWO POEMS by Kyle Dargan

BEAUTY Miss Iraq, the first               crowned                         in forty years of foreign meddling, means it when she wishes for world peace—                                                 her cousins’ deaths both tallied               by sectarian violence in her war-quilted, war-torn nation.                                                 She is aware the pageantry—       pinup smiles and stiff, cupped hands (their rotational gesture) —will not beckon peace.   Salvation             may have […]

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