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Author: Doug Draime
Location: Ashland, OR

Doug Draime began publishing in the underground and small press in the late 1960's. Most recent books in print: Slaves Of The Harvest (Indian Heritage Publishing, 2002), Unoccupied Zone (Pitchfork Press, 2004), and an online chapbook, Spleen, released in 2005 by Poetic Inhalation. Forthcoming from Scintillating Publications, Spiders And Madmen. Awarded PEN grants in 1987 and 1991. His poems, short stories and plays have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and online journals. He currently lives in the foothills of the Siskiyou mountain range with his wife, writer Carol Shepherd-Draime.



The Scream of Southeast Asia

They wanted me
well shaved with shoes
shined
a few months after
the Army turned me
loose. Id fill out the applications and
when they asked
me questions, I knew
they were relevant
questions, but all I could
hear coming from
their mouths
were the screams
of dying, wailing and fear,
without reason
in Southeast
Asia. Id touch my smooth face
and look down at my
shined shoes, trying to think of
relevant answers.



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