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  November 2017
volume 14 number 2
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  Danielle Harper
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  E. Martin Pedersen
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  Rishan Singh
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E. Martin Pedersen
November 2017



    E. Martin Pedersen, a San Franciscan, has lived in eastern Sicily for over 35 years. He teaches English at the local university. His poetry has appeared in Alexandria Quarterly, Scarlet Leaf Review, Literary Yard, Ink Sweat & Tears, and others. Martin is a 2011 alum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.



Abestos Factory

My friend's thin father
wore a tie with his cardigan
owned an asbestos factory
when we met, he said
"I didn't know."
I didn't understand
he said he'd owned an asbestos factory
and cried,
"I didn't know."
No one blamed him or yes they did
an investigation held
he was absolved, innocent under the law
he really didn't know
yet he died shortly afterwards
from heartbreak and bleeding ulcers
thin well-dressed man
leaving me to repeat
"He didn't know."

copyright 2017 E. Martin Pedersen