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Poetic Hill: Kung Pao Duck

A native of Jones County, Mississippi, Buck Downs has lived in the Hill East neighborhood since 1994. He is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Nice Nose (Buck Downs Dot Com).

His poems have also appeared as a series of author-published ephemera—postcards, stickers, buttons, voicemails, and other forms—where the ephemeral stands in for the impermanence of being and acts as a catalyst for human contact.


I came out
of a fast
food container,
fully formed

like some chicken
who was born fried
or who learned
to fry itself

a dish of
that is the case

take a hard look
at what you ate
last night
the next morning

that’s what I’d do
if I were you

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