Conceptual artist Todd Van Buskirk offers his third book-length computer generated poem.
When each soon-passing each soon-passing truth becomes truth becomes a lie. Reach a lie.
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What lost appear?
Hold hope Bill Laabs.
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Tell thorny spear?
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