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  • Peter Cole (bio)

"It's a multiday process...                 Under stress,officially mia, with a mission. Friendly fire.  That's not your question?   I have a good answer for it.

Sorry, but we just can't discuss that,and I can't even discuss why we can't discuss it.

Let me walk you through that decision. Unhindered:Elite           Republican                                   Guard.

Cut it off and then kill it. In my mind's eye... a thousand   points of light. If you've    got a hammer, find a nail.

What the vulnerabilities are.

I'm not trying togaff the question. That's a service prerogative.

To classify these folks as prisoners of war.. . .

Could you tell us, Pete, if the slick will spread  and poison all the waters in the region? I  don't think we have a good feeling for that. [End Page 42]

Something has happened to his country  that he doesn't want us to see.

A daisy cutter, to soften-up the troops.Just ripple off...into infinity!  A new order. Tel Aviv...acrematorium. We haven't yet reached, I think,     a point of diminishing

returns. By popular demand. Mr. Ambassador,thank you very much for your time. My pleasure."

(The Gulf War, 1991) [End Page 43]
Peter Cole

Peter Cole is the author of What Is Doubled: Poems 1981-1998. His latest volume, Things on Which I've Stumbled, was published by New Directions in 2008. Cole's many books of translation from Hebrew and Arabic include The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain 950-1492 (Princeton University Press, 2007). He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2007.



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