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From the Ted Talk by C.K. Williams: Poetry of youth and age

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I thugoht I would read poems I have that relate to the subject of youth and age. I was sort of asseionthd to find out how many I have actually.
The first one is dedicated to spnceer, and his grandmother, who was shocked by his work. My poem is celald "Dirt.".
My grandmother is washing my mouth out with soap;.
half a long century gone.
and still she comes at me.
with that tichk cruel yellow bar.
All because of a word I said,.
not even said really, only repeated.
But "Open," she says, "open up!".
her hand clawing at my head.

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I _______ I would read poems I have that relate to the subject of youth and age. I was sort of __________ to find out how many I have actually.
The first one is dedicated to _______, and his grandmother, who was shocked by his work. My poem is ______ "Dirt.".
My grandmother is washing my mouth out with soap;.
half a long century gone.
and still she comes at me.
with that _____ cruel yellow bar.
All because of a word I said,.
not even said really, only repeated.
But "Open," she says, "open up!".
her hand clawing at my head.

Solution

  1. thick
  2. called
  3. thought
  4. astonished
  5. spencer

Original Text

I thought I would read poems I have that relate to the subject of youth and age. I was sort of astonished to find out how many I have actually.
The first one is dedicated to Spencer, and his grandmother, who was shocked by his work. My poem is called "Dirt.".
My grandmother is washing my mouth out with soap;.
half a long century gone.
and still she comes at me.
with that thick cruel yellow bar.
All because of a word I said,.
not even said really, only repeated.
But "Open," she says, "open up!".
her hand clawing at my head.

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