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From a manuscript in progress. Sharif’s previous collection of poetry, Look, was published in 2016 by Graywolf Press.

I had
to. I
learned it.
It was
if. If
was nice.
I said
sure. One
more thing.
One more
thing. Eat
it said.
It felt
good. I
was dead.
I learned
it. I
had to.

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