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video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her second set of poetry at her “UnreadBeach Poets feature 7/26/15 in Chicago (this video was filmed from a Canon fs200 camera), w/ the poems lava (lamp) at a rolling boil, low-end lipo, Octopi Target McDonald’s, organic sex toy, Basic Investment Question, Pinchy, Opening Our Own Doors, Saving Yourself, Protect Ourselves from Ourselves, Uneven Ground Beneath my Feet, and Evaluation.
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading her second set of poetry at her “UnreadBeach Poets feature 7/26/15 in Chicago (video filmed from a Canon Power Shot camera), w/ the poems lava (lamp) at a rolling boil, low-end lipo, Octopi Target McDonald’s, organic sex toy, Basic Investment Question, Pinchy, Opening Our Own Doors, Saving Yourself, Protect Ourselves from Ourselves, Uneven Ground Beneath my Feet, and Evaluation.
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers saying her twitter-length poem “Juxtaposition, or Irony?” in conversation, then reading her poems “Protect Ourselves from Ourselves” and “Viewing the Woman in a 19th Century Photograph” 9/10/16 at “Poetry Aloud” open mic at the Georgetown Public Library (Cps).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers saying her twitter-length poem “Juxtaposition, or Irony?” in conversation, then reading her poems “Protect Ourselves from Ourselves” and “Viewing the Woman in a 19th Century Photograph” 9/10/16 at “Poetry Aloud” open mic at the Georgetown Public Library (Sony).

Protect Ourselves
from Ourselves

Janet Kuypers
7/20/12

Apparently now
you’re allowed to bring
snow globes
onto airplanes
in the States
(even though they contain
liquid),
as long as they fit
the required
regulated sizes
for liquid allowances
on airplanes
in America.

But if you enter the States
from Canada
and they catch you
with German Kinder chocolate eggs
(chocolates with
a toy inside),
they’ll confiscate
your contraband
(I don’t know,
maybe they think
it’s a health hazard).

I heard that if you want
your chocolates back,
you can fill out
seventeen pages of paperwork,
go back to the port
and pay the six hundred
fifty dollar holding fee,
so you can have
your six dollar
chocolates back.

So really,
because the world
wants to attack
our wealth and successes,
does that mean
our government
has to do everything
in it’s power
to restrict us,
and to protect ourselves
from ourselves?


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