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Don Kingfisher Campbell is founder of POETRYpeople youth writing workshops, publisher of the San Gabriel Valley Poetry Quarterly, leader of the Emerging Urban Poets writing and Wednesday Afternoon Critique workshops, and host of Monday Night Poetry in Pasadena. His first book of poetry, "Enter," was published by iUniverse Press.

You versatile star
shining black or white
over the eight key or not
added to screen and page

You indicate
something to be
included is nearby*
*an explanation follows

Yes another
symbol with no sound
helps fill us in to
further exercise brain cells

And maybe then
we will remember
a salient sentence
that did not quite make it

To the paragraph
to the poem
to the instructions
on how to operate

Secondary thoughts**
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**one can line several
in a row to create
returnable division

But no matter
what we say
we can always asterisk
whatever we didn't have

In the prose masterpiece
in the poetic music
in the essential manipulation because
you are cosmic you are dangerous***

Bearer of notice
through sometimes fine print
thief who occasionally slips
in mortifying clauses

You are the six-sided
flake in any weather
capable of changing
lives and meaning

You mark so all
may know what is
not to be ignored
without consequence

Like a Greek god
strikes a mere mortal
like an incision that permits
the entry of a straw

Mouth-like you kiss
addendum and culminate
long-winded passages****
****like this one

***just a warning
to those who use them
it's not Christmas every day OK
so easy on the *snow*
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Published May 2006


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