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Paul Guest

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Using his own experiences as a quadriplegic, PAUL GUEST explores the way any of us — all of us — can or can't move and feel in this world. His poetry often conveys a flippant, cynical tone: "As you can already see, everything is fucked./I really can't remember why," he says in "Audio Commentary Track 1" from 2008's My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge. His insights, however, are anything but superficial. He published his calm, lucid memoir, One More Theory About Happiness, last May.

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