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Smart and Final Iris

by James Tate

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Text of the Poem

Pentagon code
For end of world
Is rural paradise,
If plan fails
It’s rural paradise         5

For losses under
100 million, a trip
on the wayward bus

For a future of mutants,
bridal parties collide     10

World famine is
a plague of beatniks

First strike and
I sniff your nieces
I fall to pieces              15
Get hell out . . .

A madman comes,
one of those babies
the further you kick it
the bigger it gets.         20