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Poem Title   Author
Aug. 21, 2012
Daddy Fell into the Pond
Jul. 16, 2000
May. 7, 1999
Daddy Out Hitch-Hiking At 3:00 A.M.
Apr. 25, 2001
Jun. 2, 2009
Apr. 19, 2011
Daily I Fall in Love with Mechanics
Feb. 8, 2011
Daily I Fall In Love With Waitresses
Jan. 18, 2011
Dairy Cows of Maria Christina Cortes
Dec. 11, 1994
Dame Duck's Lessons to Her Ducklings
Apr. 19, 1996
Dance Suite: Hip Hop
Oct. 3, 2006
Sep. 29, 2012
Nov. 10, 2009
Dancing Class
May. 12, 2004
Dark Charms
Jan. 10, 2013
Darkness (excerpt)
Jan. 22, 2012
Dec. 17, 2013
Dec. 20, 2013
Davy Crockett
Mar. 18, 1999
Dawn Revisited
Aug. 28, 2003
Dawn Walk
Feb. 3, 1995
Day of Wrath
Sep. 6, 1997

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