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Walls Drip Blood[1]

Barriers Drain Strength from our Arms and Hearts[2]

Wall Beyond Wall – Wavering Redefinition of Horizon[3]

Wall upon Wall, Battlement upon Battlement, Black Immeasur-

Ably Strong, Mountain of Iron, Gate of Steel, Tower of Adamant[4]

Remark on the Sculpted Grandeur of the Walls – and then, with One

Light Touch – on the bracing sense of Insignificance that they Impart[5]

They Keep Coffins at the Border for when the Refugees get Too Far from Home[6]

Yonder Whispers the Lure of the Night – but That Damned Fence Assails our Sight[7]

Vile Wall which does these Lovers Sunder … O Wicked Wall, through whom I see

No Bliss – Cursed be thy Stones … O Wall – full often hast thou heard my Moans[8]

The Greatest Punishment for a Tree – is to become a Border Post[9]

The Menace to our Lives does not lie on the Other Side, it Lies

Within our Boundaries – we have Seen it and We know it[10]

[1] Homer tr. Samuel Butler, The Odyssey

[2] Laura Hershey, Flights

[3] Denise Levertov, Into the Interior

[4] J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

[5] Rae Armantrout, Parting Shots

[6] Daniel Borzutzky, Managed Diversity

[7] Anonymous, That Damned Fence, circulated among prisoners at Poston Internment Camp

[8] William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

[9] Yevgeny Yevtushenko tr. Antonina W. Bouis & Albert C. Todd, On Borders

[10] Dalton Trumbo, Johnny Got His Gun

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