the poetess

does it so much matter
whether which sex is the author
or even the species
whether the verse
was churned in the belly of a brain
or a supercomputer the size
of a train
? is it like a punch in the liver
when that moment
i discover
the poem-here was written
in actual fact
by a thing unlike
me: a female
not the same, really
what could she know
of human labor
pain, said the man

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