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See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her poem Building Houses out of Pallets in her 3/14/15 show “India Stories” at the Art Colony in Chicago (Canon fs200) w/ HA!Man of South Africa music
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See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her poem Building Houses out of Pallets in her 3/14/15 show “India Stories” at the Art Colony in Chicago (Canon Power Shot) w/ HA!Man of South Africa music
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See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers 3/14/15 show “India Stories” at the Art Colony in Chicago (Canon fs200), of 14 poems with background music
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See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers 3/14/15 show “India Stories” at the Art Colony in Chicago (Canon Power Shot), of 14 poems with background music
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Download this poem in the free chapbook
“India Stories”,
w/ poems read to music on 3/14/15 at the Art Colony in Chicago
video See YouTube video 3/21/17 for World Poetry Day of Janet Kuypers’ set of “Short World Poems on World Poetry Day” at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “Every Street Corner”, “Our Lady of Mercy”, “shoe prints on the toilet seat”, “unclean left hands”, “Get His Product to Town”, “Ever Consumed Goat”, “Moros y Christianos”, “middle eastern man in front of me”, “Obama on the Subway”, “Poverty in America”, “Flying to China”, “Building Houses out of Pallets” and “Everyone Has a Choice” (CpsSX60).
video See YouTube video 3/21/17 for World Poetry Day of Janet Kuypers’ set of “Short World Poems on World Poetry Day” at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “Every Street Corner”, “Our Lady of Mercy”, “shoe prints on the toilet seat”, “unclean left hands”, “Get His Product to Town”, “Ever Consumed Goat”, “Moros y Christianos”, “middle eastern man in front of me”, “Obama on the Subway”, “Poverty in America”, “Flying to China”, “Building Houses out of Pallets” and “Everyone Has a Choice” (CpsSX700).

Building Houses
out of Pallets

Janet Kuypers
5/12/12

I’ve heard that in poor places
                        in South Africa
They build houses out of extra pieces
                        of scrap metal.
But here in the Dominican Republic,
                        I saw them
building houses out of pallets.

I thought for a second about
                        artist paint pallets,
and of course, I came back to
                        these large wood pallets
for hauling mass product from point A
                        to point B,
and all I could think was:

Hmmm. Houses made out of
                        pallets. Hmmm.


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