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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Anita Olivia Koester

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Basses and Baritones

I bought violins just to tear them apart,
hear the tuck and shud of the strings as I unraveled them,
immersed my whole fist in the mouth of the violin's body,
and by taking away its power, I gave it a reason to haunt me.

I handed you satin ribbons off old presents
to tie my hands to the posts, centuries of basses and baritones
telling me, this is what I want, only I didn't.