Blackout Poetry

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Blackout Poetry

Yangon, Myanmar (AP)
earthquake struck
feared
slowly,
extent unclear
response
lost
devastating
reported no
epicenter
collapsed
on state television

deaths
of the
clash
massacre
coldbloodedly
clash
looking for communication
holding up assault
wounded
clashes
cause
death
war
promised
deadly clashes

--------
among
possible violation of
process
Educational
a single poor
complaint offers
devastating
flaws
who can afford
to be a good
performance
further
discriminatory
including leadership....

--------
hurricane was
powerful
mighty
had
windows,
"There they go.
distressing. I grew up with those trees."
insulting
not yet
downed
memory

--------
the country
housing
two million units
black-listing
impossible for them to rent--
But many see no alternative.
"I could not let my children and my grandchildren starve."
squat-
squatting
squat
qui-
embarrassed
protesting
"shame on you"
The crowd
outnumbered police
But one day, he said, he got a call.

--------
When
her daugher
pays
get
groceries,
years since
broke,
loans she took out
boomerang,
student
education
bought
good job
and
But
disastrous.
guilt
burden
record
distress,
taken out
less visible
in debt
these parents did well enough
but
have since fallen
unlike
themselves.

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