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Illustrations to accompany the poem "Words Are Birds" by Francisco X. Alarcon
During the months of lockdown, I searched the newspapers daily for information to keep my family and myself safe. It may have helped; it felt obsessive. After a while I began to look for other things -- connection, solace, answers. And then I took up scissors to make my own headlines out of the printed words. I call them found poems but I think of them as messages operating between the person I am today and the sort of persons who inhabit my memories.
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