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UN   WE
by Donna Hilbert

didn’t sleep last night
thinking
about   un   we
consider
un   we
in the abstract
dig it
Un   we  is  some  deal
on TV

common   Un   we  is
all      we       have
freedom
Don’t
be deceived
It’s the system
choice
the way things are
America
it’s    Un   we

“UN WE” is based on “Underwear,” found on page 30 of Lawrence Ferlinghetti‘s collection These Are My Rivers: New & Selected Poems 1955-1993. Read “Underwear” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti at poetryfoundation.org.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Donna Hilbert’s latest book, The Congress of Luminous Bodies, is availble from Aortic Books or at Amazon.com. The Green Season (World Parade Books), a collection of poems, stories, and essays, is now available in an expanded second edition. Donna appears in and her poetry is the text of the documentary Grief Becomes Me: A Love Story, a Christine Fugate film. Earlier books include Mansions and Deep Red from Event Horizon, Transforming Matter and Traveler in Paradise from Pearl Editions, and the short story collection Women Who Make Money and the Men Who Love Them from Staple First Editions (published in England). Poems in Italian can be found in Bloc notes 59 and in French in La page blanche, in both cases translated by Mariacristina Natalia Bertoli. New work is in recent or forthcoming issues of 5AM, Nerve Cowboy, Pearl, and Poets & Artists. Learn more at www.donnahilbert.com.