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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).


unclean left hands

Janet Kuypers
12/4/13

Don’t use your left hand in India
(that’s the hand used for wiping
after defecating) — for that reason
the people in India believe

the left hand’s unclean. So,
while in India he washed his hands
after using the public bathroom,
saw others do the same.

But he saw one man
put soap on his right hand,
rub it with the back of his left hand,
then rinse his right hand.

His left palm never touched
his right hand, or soap, or water.
So I guess I see
they have more reasons to believe

the left hand’s unclean.


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