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"Proverbs from Purgatory"

Posted by ESC (63.148.157.100) on September 08, 2002

From "Poems to Read: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology" edited by Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz (W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., New York, 2002).

PROVERBS FROM PURGATORY
Lloyd Schwartz, U.S., Born 1941.

It was déjà vu all over again.
I know this town like the back of my head.
People who live in glass houses are worth two in the bush.
One hand scratches the other.
A friend in need is worth two in the bush.
. It was déjà vu all over again.

And so forth. I wanted to put all 52 proverbs but it might deprive Pinsky and Dietz of a sale.