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Is Democratic Debate Any Longer Possible?

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nothing like things as they really are?

If you've done this, you know how durably fragile

those phantoms we hold in our heads are,

those wisps of thought that people die and kill for,

betray lovers for, give up lifelong friendships for.

If you've not done this, you probably don't understand this poem,

or think it's not even a poem, but a bit of opaque nonsense,

occupying too much of your day's time,

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so you probably should stop reading it here, now.

But if you've arrived at this line,

maybe, just maybe, you're open to that possibility,

the possibility of being absolutely completely wrong,

about everything that matters.

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How different the world seems then:

everyone who was your enemy is your friend,

everything you hated, you now love,

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Federico Moramarco is Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University where he taught English and Creative Writing for many years. He is the founding Editor of Poetry International, and his books include "The Poetry of Men's Lives," "Men of Our (more...)

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