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Poem Title   Author
—The Book
Jun. 25, 2009
[My brother's in Wyoming . . .]
Oct. 12, 2003
Zimmer in Grade School
Sep. 18, 2008
Zero Holding
Jan. 11, 2011
Your Ways, Father
Apr. 8, 2003
Your Punishment in Hell
Oct. 26, 2010
Young Man Leaving Home
Sep. 7, 1997
Sep. 7, 1998
Young Loves
Jul. 23, 1997
Young Blondes, A Religious Poem
Feb. 26, 1996
Young Blondes
Mar. 23, 2014
You're the Top (excerpt)
Jan. 1, 2007
You're the Top
Apr. 17, 2003
Aug. 22, 2014
You Were Asleep
Jul. 26, 2014
You Went Away
Nov. 9, 1996
You shall above all things be glad and young...
Oct. 14, 2011
You Must Accept
Aug. 28, 2006
You made crusty bread rolls...
Mar. 27, 2008
You Just Think the Last Time
Oct. 22, 2010
You Go to School to Learn
Dec. 6, 2005
You don't believe
Jul. 31, 2011
you can take it with you
Oct. 19, 2004

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