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  1. I thought Mary Jo Bang’s was very fine, especially, “That slight tremor? … A violent past/walking through” and “Many ingenious lovely things/are gone” and the final line, although it took a couple of read-throughs before I thought I’d understood the smallest part of what she’s saying.

    I love the beginning of John Ashbery’s but wasn’t set on fire by its ending, which seemed too abstract or something. I just didn’t connect with it.

    The others were alright – competent, you know – but nothing in them made me catch my breath.

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